John Dickinson, one of the lawyers representing the Iraqis in the al-Sweady case, said the inquiry has taken so long to set up, because it was "vigorously opposed" by the MOD.
More than three years after it was ordered, the inquiry will examine claims that UK soldiers murdered 20 or more Iraqis, and tortured detainees in Maysan Province, southern Iraq, in May 2004.
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