Chilcot report: Sister of soldier killed in Iraq War brands Tony Blair 'world's worst terrorist'

The families of service personnel

The sister of a serviceman killed in the Iraq War has branded Tony Blair the "world's worst terrorist", as the families reacted to the Chilcot report.

An emotional Sarah O'Connor, whose brother Sergeant Bob O'Connor was killed in 2005 when the aircraft he was in was bought down by insurgents, made the comment following the publication of the report.

Speaking after the publication of the report Mr Blair said: "Whether people agree or disagree with my decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein; I took it in good faith and in what I believed to be the best interests of the country."

The families of those killed in the war added that their loved ones had died "unnecessarily", while Reg Keys, whose son Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, was 20 years old when he was killed in Iraq in 2003, added that his son had "died in vain".

Mr Keys added that intelligence reports were "sporadic" and "should not have been relied upon" and that he believed Tony Blair knew that they were "a lie".

Asked what they would like to ask the former prime minister, they responded that they would like him to "look them in the eye".

Matthew Jury, the lawyer for the families.

Following the report's publication, Ronnie Barker, the mother of 23-year-old Private Lee Ellis who died in 2006, has said she "would like to see Tony Blair in court".

Ms Barker added that she had expected the report to be "a whitewash but I actually cried".

Wars such as the Iraq War must never happen again, and the decision to go to war should never again be "twisted and confused, with no liability for such actions", the families of those killed said in reaction to the Chilcot report.

The families added that they were the voices of "those who are no longer with us", and that they would be heard and would get answers to their questions.

Roger Bacon, the father of Major Matthew Bacon who was killed by a roadside bomb, said that following Sir John Chilcot's findings, the British Government should "ensure that the political process by which our country decides to go to war is never again twisted and confused with no liability for such actions".

Roger Bacon

Legal actions are possible, the families' lawyer, Matthew Jury has said, but added that time would be needed to come to a decision on how to proceed following the reports publication.

The families added that the report took "too long", but that it was "an extremely thorough piece of work" and "worth the wait".