Chilcot Report into Iraq War officially released

Sir John Chilcot has finally released the report his long-awaited and much delayed report on the Iraq War.

26 servicemen and women from the Midlands died during the conflict, with their families playing a key role in pushing for the inquiry and its conclusions to be released in a report.

Here are the key points:

  1. British forces were committed to the invasion of Iraq "before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted".

  2. Military action was "not a last resort" at the time.

  3. The circumstances in which it was decided there was a legal basis for UK military action in Iraq were "far from satisfactory.

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Decision to go to war in Iraq 'based on flawed intelligence'

The decision to go to war with Iraq was based on "flawed intelligence and assessments", the chairman of the Iraq Inquiry said.

"They were not challenged, and they should have been," said Sir John Chilcot.

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Chilcot: Hopefully nothing like Iraq will ever happen again

The invasion of Iraq in 2003 has been described as the most politically divisive and internationally controversial war in British history.

Ahead of the release of the Chilcot Inquiry report, Sir John Chilcot told ITV News he hoped the report would mean nothing like the Iraq war ever happened again.

"The main expectation I have is that it will not be possible in future to engage in a military or indeed a diplomatic endeavor on such a scale and with such gravity without really careful challenge and analysis."

ITV News International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports


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Sending troops without right equipment 'unacceptable'

Sending brave British troops into onto the battlefield in Iraq without proper equipment was "unacceptable", David Cameron said.

He added: "And whatever else we learn from this conflict, we must all pledge that this will never happen again."

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Reg Keys: Blair should be held to account over Iraq

Prominent anti-Iraq-War campaigner Reg Keys Credit: ITV News

Tony Blair should be brought to account over the Iraq War after the publication of the Chilcot report, the father of a soldier killed in the Iraq War has said.

Prominent anti-Iraq-War campaigner Reg Keys, whose 20-year-old son Thomas Keys, from Bala, in Gwynedd, died in Iraq, said lawyers will now be examining whether this was an illegal war.

He said he would like to see legal action against Mr Blair and other politicians who were involved in the decision to send troops to Iraq.

Mr Keys said the "ultimate goal" would be "to hold them to account in a court of law" but "publicly they've already been judged".


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Tony Blair: Iraq War 'hardest, most agonising decision'

The decision to go to war in Iraq was the "hardest, most agonising decision" he ever made, said former prime minister Tony Blair, adding: "I accept full responsibility" for it.

Westminster is 'stained with the blood' of 179 British service personnel

Reg Keys, the father of Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, from Solihull has spoken to ITV News Central following the publication of the Iraq Report.

He told our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie that he wants to see legal action taken against Tony Blair.

As well as other politicians at the time, who were involved in the decision to send our troops into the Middle East.

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