Blair Knew Iraq Had No WMD 10 Days Before War Began
Intelligence ignored, British panel told
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 25, 2009 8:16 PM CST
Anti-war protesters, wearing masks depicting British PM Gordon Brown, right, former US President George W. Bush, and former British PM Tony Blair pose outside the inquiry into the Iraq war.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Prime Minister Tony Blair was told Iraq possessed no weapons of mass destruction 10 days before ordering British troops into the country in 2003, but Blair pushed ahead anyway, a panel investigating the war was told today. But, said a key intelligence official, the information didn’t weaken the case for the US and British invasion; rather, “it just proved [Saddam Hussein] had been lying and that he had prohibited items.”