Monday, March 31, 2003

Blair lied about 'executed' British soldiers
'The Government apologised yesterday to the families of two dead British soldiers over claims by Tony Blair that the men had been "executed" by Iraqi militiamen. Adam Ingram, the Armed Forces minister, expressed "regret" for any distress caused by the Prime Minister's condemnation of a broadcast on al-Jazeera television which showed the men's bodies.

'Mr Ingram's apology is a serious embarrassment for Mr Blair, who highlighted the deaths of the soldiers during his press conference on Thursday with George Bush at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland. Sapper Luke Allsopp and Staff Sergeant Simon Cullingworth were killed by Iraqi gunmen during an ambush of their vehicle in southern Iraq.'

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