The official UK inquiry into the Iraq war and its aftermath, led by Sir John Chilcot, has been published today seven years after it was launched. Below are some of the key findings of the report, as set out by Chilcot in his speech launching the 2.6-million-word report.
This post will be updated through the day with material from the report.
The key quotes
“We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.”
“The judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified”.
In a 2002 letter to President Bush, Tony Blair vowed: "I will be with you, whatever."
“The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate”.
“The Government failed to achieve stated objectives”.
“There was no imminent threat from Saddam Hussein [in March 2003]. The strategy of containment could have been adapted and continued for some time."