Major: troops will be fighting 'for years'

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John Major warned yesterday that British troops could be in Iraq for "many years" and predicted Britain was not even "near the beginning of the end".

John Major warned yesterday that British troops could be in Iraq for "many years" and predicted Britain was not even "near the beginning of the end".

The former prime minister, who led Britain against Saddam Hussein in the 1991 Gulf War, warned Britain would not trust Tony Blair to lead the country into another war. Mr Major was one of four Tory grandees to hit out against Tony Blair. "Many people ... would be very wary indeed of taking this Government's word on another occasion if a further military adventure seemed likely," he told the BBC's Breakfast with Frost.

Lord Heseltine, the former deputy leader accused Tony Blair of lying. "He has lied about the situation in the Middle East. We were told there was a threat," he said on ITV1's Jonathan Dimbleby. Lord Hurd, the former Foreign Secretary, said: "Saying we're going to bring about this honourable goal by killing large numbers of Iraqis and ... by getting rid of a tyranny and replacing it with chaos, civil war and terrorism, that's crazy and has now turned out to be crazy."

Kenneth Clarke, the former Tory chancellor, said the way the redeployment of Black Watch troops was handled by Tony Blair was "absurd".

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