Tony Blair on the phone in 2003
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'I would have quit as PM over Iraq' says Tony Blair

Former British prime minister Tony Blair has told a BBC programme about the Iraq war that he would rather have quit as prime minister than let down the Americans.

The documentary contains interviews with Mr Blair, former US Vice President Dick Cheney, senior CIA officers and former Iraqi generals and intelligence chiefs.

In this extract, Mr Blair discusses the crucial vote in the House of Commons over whether to go to war without a second UN resolution.

Raad Hamdani, a former general in the Iraqi Republican Guard, also recalls what Saddam Hussein said to his commanders on the eve of war.

Watch the first episode of The Iraq War at 21:00BST on Wednesday 29 May on BBC 2 or catch it later on the BBC iPlayer.

  • 29 May 2013
  • From the section World