Families of dead soldiers threaten legal action over Iraq war inquiry delay

Families of British troops killed following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq have threatened to take a legal action unless a long-delayed inquiry into the war publishes its report by the year’s end.

Lawyers representing 29 families say they would move to the London High Court if the Chilcot inquiry fails to give a publication deadline in two weeks. “There have been outrageous delays to date and it seems as though those delays would simply be interminable,” Matthew Jury, a lawyer representing the families said.

The inquiry which was set up by former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009 and led by former civil servant John Chilcot initially expected to submit its report within a year. But, Chilcot has, time and again, cited complexities involved in the process.

The five-member panel held its last hearings in 2011. It is looking into the decisions made in the run-up to the start of the Iraq war and how the then Prime Minister Tony Blair decided to support the US-led invasion.

A total of 179 British soldiers were killed in Iraq between 2003 and 2010.

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