News Jack Straw has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Veteran politician has just returned from Tehran as part of 'well received' UK parliamentary delegation

Handover ends Abu Ghraib era

The United States handed over the last detention facility under its control to Iraqi authorities yesterday, a milestone in Iraq's push for complete sovereignty seven years after the US-led invasion to topple Saddam Hussein.

Maliki beaten into second place in Iraq poll

Negotiations begin among potential coalition partners against a backdrop of rising sectarian tensions

PM plays the anti-Baath card as poll approaches

Talk of former Baathists infiltrating next Sunday's election masks the more complex dilemmas facing Iraq, Patrick Cockburn writes

The Evidence of Witness 69: Blair has shown himself more a fool than a liar

The most revealing thing about the former PM's evidence was how little he understood about the situation on the ground

Blair: Denounced as liar and murderer

An unrepentant Tony Blair failed to apologise to the bereaved in the gallery – and even suggested Iran should be targeted next

Iraq war protesters condemn 'coward' Blair

Tony Blair was accused of being a "coward" and a "war criminal" today as anti-war protesters and military families vented their fury against the former prime minister as he gave evidence to the Iraq inquiry.

The Chilcot story so far: a blame game with one politician in the frame

When Tony Blair finally appears before the Iraq inquiry on Friday, he may well find that the most damning accusations against him come from two unlikely sources. Civil servants blamed him for ignoring warnings about intelligence and post-war planning. But this week equally damaging revelations came from two of his most faithful allies.

Kim Sengupta: Minister paints himself as source of caution

Jack Straw was a man facing a "moral as well as political dilemma" in the run-up to the Iraq war. The support he gave to military action was "the most difficult decision" he had ever taken. It was an "error", he realised, not to be more precise about the claims made in the dossier used to justify the invasion and that has "haunted" him ever since. Regime change, he had insisted, was never the agenda.

Sectarian fears as Iraq bars Sunnis

Iraq's electoral commission has barred 500 candidates from running in March's parliamentary election, including a prominent Sunni lawmaker, in a decision that is sure to deepen Iraq's sectarian divides.

Campbell lays bare Blair's promise to Bush

Former PM's communications chief reveals explosive correspondence between leaders

Campbell to appear at Chilcot inquiry

Alastair Campbell will become the first major political figure to give evidence to the Iraq inquiry.

People power demands: 'get tough on Tony Blair'

An internet-based "people power" campaign is asking its 60,000 members to draw up the "tough questions" that Tony Blair must be asked when he is questioned by the Iraq inquiry this year.

Major launches unprecedented attack on Blair

The former prime minister Sir John Major yesterday mounted his strongest attack on Tony Blair over the Iraq war.

Major fears regime change was Blair's motive for Iraq war

Former Prime Minister Sir John Major has criticised successor Tony Blair over the Iraq war, saying his main motive appeared to have been regime change.

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