Chilcot: Sussex And Surrey React
6 July 2016, 12:19
Peaceful options for disarmament had not been exhausted before British forces were sent to invade Iraq, Sir John Chilcot has said.
In the long awaited Iraq Inquiry he said the legal basis for UK military action in Iraq was "far from satisfactory", and the severity of the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction "were presented with a certainty that was not justified" by Tony Blair's government.
Brighton Pavillion MP Caroline Lucas tells Heart News that the lives of her constituents who served in Iraq were treated complacently:
Sir John Chilcot said the consequences of the 2003 invasion were underestimated "despite explicit warnings" and the planning and preparation for the period after Saddam Hussein's fall was "wholly inadequate".
Former Major, David Bradley, was seriously injured when in Iraq and was later medically discharged from the Army. We asked if he thought the war was worth it:
The report comes seven years after the Iraq Inquiry began and 13 years after British troops crossed into Iraq.
The relatives of the 179 men and women who died in Iraq got advance sight of the report, which runs to 2.6 million words.
The report has made public never-seen-before correspondence between the UK and US leaders in the run-up to the war.
Christian Henderson is a Professor of International Law at the University of Sussex.