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Britain's most famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, on Tuesday condemned the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as a "war crime," saying that it was based on lies.

The physicist spoke at an antiwar demonstration in London's Trafalgar Square timed to coincide with the U.S. election. Protesters read out the names of thousands of Iraqis and coalition troops killed since the March 2003 invasion.

"The war was based on two lies," Hawking said. "The first was we were in danger of weapons of mass destruction, and the second was that Iraq was somehow to blame for Sept. 11.

"It has been a tragedy for all the families that have lost members. As many as 100,000 people have died, half of them women and children. If that is not a war crime, what is?"

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