07/16/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Britain To Investigate Role In Iraq War

After years of delay, the British government said Monday it would go ahead with an inquiry into the country's role in the Iraq war, an issue that has been deeply divisive ever since the former prime minister, Tony Blair, committed more than 40,000 troops to the invasion in 2003.

Britain's combat role ended in April, and the last British troops are scheduled to withdraw from their base at the southern city of Basra by July 30, their role taken over by American troops. Prime Minister Gordon Brown, under pressure for an inquiry from his own Labor party and from the opposition Conservatives, has long insisted that the British role in the war should be ended first.

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