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The Chilcot Report: the Iraq invasion was not a last resort

The Chilcot Report: the Iraq  invasion was not a last resortSir John Chilcot at 11am today explained the key details of the report's findings.

The report was published on the committee’s website when he finished speaking. The full report is 2.6 million words long. The executive summary alone runs to 150 pages.

The report is due to contain the findings of a high-profile inquiry into Britain’s participation in the Iraq war. The inquiry was announced on 15 June 2009 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The questions for the Inquiry were whether it was right and necessary to invade Iraq in March 2003 and whether the UK could – and should – have been better prepared for what followed.

“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,” Statement concludes.

Other conclusions contain the information that the judgments about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified. Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate. The Government failed to achieve its stated objectives.
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