South Coast Reacts To Iraq Inquiry

6 July 2016, 11:58 | Updated: 6 July 2016, 14:12

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.

Private Eleanor Dlugosz from Southampton, was killed in the conflict in 2007, her mum, Sally Veck, says lessons should be learnt from this and also has some damning words for Tony Blair as she speaks to our reporter.


Alex Bomberg is Group CEO of Intelligent Protection International Limited, a private security firm which provided protection in Iraq. He tells us his views on the issue of weapons of mass destruction in the country.

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".

Rifleman Paul Donnachie was 18 when he was killed by small arms fire during a routine patrol in the Al Ashar district of Basra City during the Iraq War. His sister Kelly, from Hampshire, reflects on his life and how she feels about the Chilcot Report. 

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.