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Hammond faces questioning by MPs following Iraq report

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond will be questioned by a committee of MPs on Thursday. Credit: PA

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond is to be quizzed by a committee of MPs on the implications of the devastating Chilcot report on the Iraq war for Britain's future role in the world.

Mr Hammond will appear before the influential Commons select committee on foreign affairs on Thursday as the impact of Sir John Chilcot's searing indictment of the build-up and execution of the war rocked the political and intelligence establishment.

Blair said he would make the same decision again.

Sir John's report found Tony Blair exaggerated the threat posed by Saddam Hussein, led Britain into war before peaceful options had been exhausted and sent ill-equipped British troops into battle.

Families of some of the 179 British military personnel killed in Iraq described the former prime minister as a "terrorist", and Jeremy Corbyn offered an apology on behalf of the Labour party for what he branded "a stain on our party and our country".

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