Bri­tain in­vaded Iraq based on ‘flawed in­tel­li­gence’ – Re­port

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Bri­tain de­cided to join the 2003 in­va­sion of Iraq based on “flawed in­tel­li­gence” which was not chal­lenged and should have been, a long-awaited re­port has found.

John Chilcot, the chair of the Iraq In­quiry and a re­tired civil ser­vant, said on Wed­nes­day the in­va­sion went “badly wrong”.

“Mil­i­tary ac­tion in Iraq might have been nec­es­sary at some point, but in March 2003, there was no im­me­di­ate threat from [then Iraq Pres­i­dent] Sad­dam Hus­sein,” he said.

The 2.6 mil­lion-word Iraq In­quiry - which took seven years to pre­pare - was pub­lished in full on Wed­nes­day.

Speak­ing 30 min­utes ahead of the of­fi­cial pub­li­ca­tion, Chilcot said: “The UK chose to join the in­va­sion of Iraq be­fore the peace­ful op­tions for dis­ar­ma­ment had been ex­hausted.”

Chilcot said that, de­spite ex­plicit warn­ings, the con­se­quences of the in­va­sion were un­der­es­ti­mated.

Re­spond­ing to the re­port, for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Tony Blair said in a press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day that he “ac­cept full re­spon­si­bil­ity with­out ex­cep­tion and with­out ex­cuse” for the de­ci­sion to go to war in Iraq, but in­sisted that the world “is in a bet­ter place with­out Sad­dam Hus­sein”.

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