Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Britain's Chilcot Report On The Iraq War Has Been Released -- A News Roundup

Daily Mail: 'Act now, explain later': What Blair told Bush TWO YEARS before Iraq war is revealed in eviscerating Chilcot report into Gulf debacle

* Chilcot report into 2003 Iraq War` criticises Tony Blair over the way he took Britain into the war alongside the US
* Report found that invasion was based on 'flawed' intelligence about Iraq and was 'not the last resort' at the time
* Blair as not prepared for the consequences of Iraq War despite 'explicit warnings' and bypassed peace for war
* Secret email sent by Blair to George W Bush hours after 9/11 advised president to 'act now and justify later'
* He also wrote-off million-man march before war as 'fatuous' and a defence of the 'most illiberal' regime on earth
* Ex-PM today said he did not lie and 'it was better to remove Saddam Hussein' and acted in UK's 'best interests'
* Families of 179 war dead call him 'the world's worst terrorist' and promised to pursue him through the courts
* Mr Blair will be very unlikely to face war crime trial in The Hague - but British soldiers could still be prosecuted

Tony Blair's reputation was today lacerated by the Iraq War report as it revealed he told George W Bush they should 'act now, explain later' in a secret memo sent two years before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

The former prime minister was also accused of twisting intelligence about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein to justify the war that led to the deaths of 179 British soldiers and left hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead - but Mr Blair still insists he never lied.

Families of the 179 servicemen and women who died in the Iraq War said today they are set to pursue him through the courts and called Mr Blair 'the world's worst terrorist' and slammed him for not 'looking us in the eye' as the report was released.

After seven years of deliberations, the Chilcot report found that the former prime minister overplayed evidence about the dictator's weaponry and ignored peaceful means to send troops into the country.

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Britain's Chilcot Report On The Iraq War Has Been Released -- A News Roundup

Chilcot report live: Corbyn says parliament should act against Blair after inquiry says case for Iraq war exaggerated -- The Guardian
Live Chilcot report: 2003 Iraq war was 'unnecessary' and invasion was not 'last resort' -- The Telegraph
Reaction to Iraq war report: Live -- BBC

Read the executive summary and Sir John's statement in full -- The Telegraph
Chilcot delivers crushing verdict on Blair and the Iraq war -- The Guardian
Corbyn: war was 'act of military aggression launched on a false pretext'Blair statement: 'report should lay to rest allegations of bad faith, lies or deceit' -- The Telegraph
Chilcot report: Tony Blair's Iraq War case not justified -- BBC
Bush largely ignored UK advice on postwar Iraq, Chilcot inquiry finds -- The Guardian
Chilcot report: Blair didn't tell truth about WMDs, the deal with Bush or the warnings of fallout – how Britain went to war in Iraq -- The Independent
Chilcot report: Intelligence on WMDs exaggerated to justify going to war, inquiry finds -- The Independent
U.K. Iraq Inquiry Criticizes Blair, Spies Over War Failures -- Bloomberg
UK went to war in Iraq before diplomatic options were exhausted, says inquiry head John Chilcot -- DW
Long-awaited British inquiry into Iraq war brings scathing critique of Blair -- Washington Post
Chilcot report delivers damning verdict on British role in Iraq War -- CNN
Chilcot Report on Iraq War Offers Devastating Critique of Tony Blair -- NYT
Chilcot report: Iraq War based on 'flawed intelligence' -- Al Jazeera
'I will be with you, whatever': Blair's fawning messages to George Bush reveal he complimented US President on a 'great speech' and signed off 'Yours ever, Tony' -- Daily Mail
Tony Blair believed invading Iraq would 'free up the region', declassified memo shows -- The Independent
What Blair said to Bush in memos -- BBC
Blair's letters to Bush reveal his doubts over war just months after Iraq invasion -- The Telegraph
Chilcot report: Tony Blair claims findings show he did not lie over Iraq War -- The Independent
'I didn't lie!' Tony Blair is STILL in denial as he claims Chilcot report proves he didn't act in 'bad faith or deceit' and declares his decision to go to war in Iraq was in the 'best interests of UK' -- Daily Mail
Chilcot report published: Read Tony Blair's statement in full -- The Independent
Chilcot report - how the world reacted: 'A very British masterclass in quiet, restrained but devastating critique' -- The Telegraph
“An intervention that went badly wrong”: The UK’s vast Iraq inquiry finally gives its verdict -- Quartz
Chilcot inquiry: How to read the report into the Iraq War in full -- The Independent
Chilcot report: The seven most important lines from the Iraq Inquiry -- The Independent
Chilcot report: Findings at a glance -- BBC

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