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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'My son died in vain': father of Midlands soldier killed in Iraq

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The father of Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, from Solihull, has spoken to ITV News Central straight after the publication of the Iraq Report. He told our political correspondent Alison Mackenzie,

The only answer I can give to that when I look at Iraq on my TV screens today, with 200 plus deaths that took place the other day, I can only conclude unfortunately and sadly, my son died in vain

– Reg Keys

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys died in 2003 when a mob attacked a police station.

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