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Iraq reflects on the legacy of the 2003 invasion

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers

On the day the long-awaited Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War gave a damning indictment of Tony Blair's decision to take Britain into the conflict, Iraq took stock of the human cost of the invasion.

Years after the US-led coalition have departed, sectarian violence continues to plague the country, and devastated cities such Ramadi testify to the carnage left behind after Saddam Hussein's brutal reign and the invasion that followed.

Suicide bombings, intermittent electricity, water scarcity - these are just some examples of the legacy of invasion that Iraqis have had to live with for years.

In Basra, images of the Shiite militias who fought against the British and died opposing Sunni extremists were proudly put on display.

Akhil Bahadli, a senior commander who oversaw an attack on Basra Airport during a visit by Tony Blair, told ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers: "To the families of the soldiers killed in Iraq, we say we are sorry for the death of your sons.

"But to the soldiers, who were here, who were misled by the British government, we say you made a mistake you have to apologise."

Despite the millions spent in Iraq, there is little sign of progress. And even as Iraq celebrated the Eid al-Fitr religious holiday, the lack of security was evident.

One resident told ITV News: "We have al-Qaeda and now Isis, so you don't feel safe."

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