British soldiers, not Tony Blair, face war crime trials over Iraq War

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Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) have ruled out putting former British prime minister Tony Blair on trial for war crimes as they prepare to examine the Chilcot report about the Iraq War.

The Chilcot Inquiry, established in 2009 to investigate the UK’s role in the Iraq War, will publish its long-awaited 2.6 million-word report on Wednesday.

The report is expected to strongly criticize Blair for his role in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003. The inquiry, however, will not offer a view on the legality of the war.

In an official statement to the Telegraph, the ICC said its prosecutors would examine the report for evidence of war crimes committed by British troops.

The decision has angered families of soldiers killed in Iraq who blame Blair for taking the nation to a war that later proved to be based on faulty intelligence.

“It is outrageous. It is double standards. These soldiers have gone out to do their best for us and here…

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