Chilcot read your report. Photo taken from Euronews.
The member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, John Chilcot announced today that his country did not exhaust all peaceful options before invading Iraq in 2003.
Chilcot, chairman of the independent commission established to investigate the involvement of the UK in the Iraq War of 2003, officially The Iraq Inquiry , was responsible for drafting the report on the armed conflict promoted by the United States.
In a statement in London to publish the document, expected for seven years, he said thatin his day, the military option “was not the last option” available. He said the former British Labour minister Tony Blair presented as evidence a certain “not justified” on the possession of weapons of mass destruction by the then Iraqi president regimeSaddam Hussein .
Chilcot said Blair, prime minister from 1997 to 2007, pledged military forces before the peaceful alternatives were exhausted in Iraq. According to the document prepared by the senior adviser to the British crown official, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated although it had “explicit warnings” about the planning and the situation in Iraq it was “totally inadequate”.
Among other things, Chilcot said that the intelligence used to justify the invasion was “defective”. It also argued that Saddam Hussein posed no threat before March 2003, when the United Kingdom and the United States began armed intervention.
The author of the analysis recalled the difficult situation in which Iraq is today and mentioned the devastating bombing last weekend, in which 250 people were killed.
“More than 200 British citizens died as a result of the conflict in Iraq. Many more were injured. This has meant deep distress for many families, “lamented Chilcot. The invasion and subsequent instability in Iraq had caused, until July 2009, “the death of at least 150,000 Iraqis, and probably more, most of them civilians. More than one million people were displaced. The people of Iraq have suffered greatly, “noted Chilcot.
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