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    UK Parl't Votes Down Motion Accusing Blair of Misleading Country Over Iraqi War

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    UK parliament on Wednesday voted against the Scottish National Party (SNP) motion accusing former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of misleading the parliament over Iraqi war in 2003.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The motion has been voted down 439 to 70.

    It was launched on the basis of the revelations made in an official report of Sir John Chilcot on the United Kingdom's role in the Iraq invasion in 2003. The Chilcot Inquiry released in July 2016 after six years of deliberations, found that the UK government under Blair's leadership made a mistake invading Iraq, as the decision to join the war was made on the basis of flawed intelligence data and assessments.

    The United Kingdom was part of a US-led coalition, which also included Australia and Poland, that invaded Iraq in 2003, without a UN mandate, after accusing then-Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein of possessing weapons of mass destruction, which were never found.

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    Chilcot report, invasion of Iraq, Iraq War, Tony Blair, United Kingdom
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