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Tony Blair: I'm more sorry than you will ever know

Tony Blair has said he is sorry for the mistakes in the planning of the Iraq War, following the publication of the Chilcot report.

The former prime minister said he accepted full responsibility "without exception or excuse".

He added: "The intelligence at the time turned out to be wrong, the aftermath turned out to be more hostile and bloody than we imagined, and a nation of people we wanted to set free became victims of sectarian terrorism.

"I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know."

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Sister of killed airman brands Blair a terrorist

Sarah O'Connor and other relatives at the Chilcot Report press conference Credit: PA

There's anger across the West this lunchtime after the publication of a damning report into the Iraq War.

The inquiry team headed by Sir John Chilcot found the decision to go to war was taken before all peaceful options were exhausted and was based on flawed intelligence.

Families of soldiers from the West who died in the conflict have expressed their distress.

Sgt Robert O'Connor, shot down in the Iraq War Credit: MoD

Sarah O'Connor's brother Bob died when the Hercules he was in was shot down. She has branded Tony Blair the 'World's world's terrorist'.

I've gone back to that time when I learned that my brother had been killed. And there is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of.

And his name is Tony Blair - the world's worst terrorist".

– Sarah O'Connor, Sgt Bob O'Connor's sister

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Campaigner says judgement is a 'tremendous relief'

Protest organiser Jesse Schust standing outside Parliament Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

41-year-old Jesse Schust, from north London, said the written judgment meant far more to him than the £4,800 damages he received.

Speaking outside the court, he said: "For me it's a tremendous relief to have a vindication after 10 years that the treatment that we received from the police was wholly unjustifiable.

"It's deeply upsetting to know that the police had many opportunities to make other choices and it appears that they stuck to a pre-set plan because of faulty intelligence."

Police breached rights of campaigners

Police breached the rights of campaigners by stopping them from attending a mass rally against the Iraq war in Gloucestershire, a judge has ruled.

Up to 159 protesters left London on coaches to attend the demonstration at RAF Fairford two days after the coalition forces launched their assault from the airbase in March 2003.

But they were stopped at Lechlade, a few miles short of the airfield, and sent back to the capital.

Judge David Mitchell, sitting at Central London County Court, ruled that Gloucestershire Police breached protesters' rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly after hearing 12 test cases brought by campaigners.