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  • Tony Blair's reputation lies in tatters in the wake of the report into the Iraq War
  • Sir John Chilcot's inquiry said the six-year conflict was unnecessary and disastrous
  • The ex-prime minister was accused of exaggerating the threat posed by Saddam Hussein
  • A memo also revealed that Blair promised George W Bush: 'I will be with you, whatever'
  • An emotional Blair defended the war, saying he would make same decision again
  • Families of some of the 179 military personnel killed in described Blair as a "terrorist"
  • Jeremy Corbyn apologised on behalf of Labour, calling the war a "stain on our party"
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Blair: I made war decision 'with the heaviest of hearts'

Former prime minister Tony Blair has said that he took the decision to go to war in Iraq "with the heaviest of hearts" and that "there was no middle-way".

Blair added that he made the decision believing that it was the right thing to do, but knowing that it was not a popular one.

He added that leaving Saddam Hussein in power would have had higher costs than going to war.

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