Blair ends term, says sorry for Iraq troops' peril

Tony Blair, drawing his decade as prime minister to a close, said Wednesday he was sorry for the deadly peril faced by British troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, but he made no apologies for his decisions to support the United States in taking military action there. Blair faced the House of Commons for a last time before going to Buckingham Palace to resign as prime minister, clearing the way for Gordon Brown to take command of the government. As he has done many times in the past, Blair opened his weekly appearance before the House of Commons expressing condolences to the families of the fallen - this week including two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. "I am truly sorry about the dangers that they face today in Iraq and Afghanistan," Blair said.