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Blair's controversial book on sale

2010-09-02 06:44:45 GMT2010-09-02 14:44:45 (Beijing Time)

Tony Blair's autobiography goes on sale Wednesday, amid protests over his participation in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair releases his long-awaited autobiography on Wednesday.

Blair faces accusations that he will profit from having led Britain into the Iraq and Afghan wars.

In response, he has promised to donate the multi-million dollar proceeds of the book to a veterans' charity.

The Royal British Legion welcomes the contribution.

But peace campaigners say the move cannot "wash the blood" from the leader's hands.

The former P.M. has defended his decision to take Britain to war since he stepped down three years ago.

The book is Blair's personal account of his decade in power as leader of the Labour government.

The U.K. has lost a total of 331 soldiers since the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

British troops withdrew from Iraq last year, but about ten thousand troops remain in Afghanistan.

Travis Brecher, Reuters

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