Grandfather fears Iraq War report will be a cover-up

The grandfather of a Devon soldier killed in Iraq fears the long-awaited report into Britain's role in the conflict will just be a cover-up.

Sir John Chilcot is due to publish his long-awaited report into the war today, seven years after hearing evidence from his first witness.

David Godfrey, who runs a fundraising shop in Cullompton, can't believe it's taken so long. For him, the UK should never have gone to war in the first place.

It was in February 2007, that David's grandson, Rifleman Daniel Coffey was killed while on patrol North of Basra, shot by a mobile sniper. He was just 21.

The Iraq or Chilcot inquiry began in 2009, with its open sessions ending two years later - but the publication of its findings has regularly been delayed - a delay that has, David says, added to the anguish for the families involved.

Tony Blair at the Chilcot Inquiry Credit: ITV News

At the outbreak of the War in 2003, the then British and US administrations said it was a part of a War on Terror and that under Saddam Hussein, it was suspected Iraq was developing Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Speaking as part of the inquiry, Tony Blair defended his decision at that time.

David Godfrey lays the blame for every Iraq death at Tony Blair and George Bush's doors.

Today Rifleman Daniel Coffey would be 30. His grandfather says his future was stolen from him for a war that was, in his words, unjust and illegal.

Today, with the publication of the Chilcot Report, there will be answers - whether David Godfrey and all the families of the fallen choose to accept them.