Chilcot Inquiry: Iraq war 'unnecessary,' military action 'not last resort'

A long-delayed inquiry into Britain’s role in the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq has offered a scathing critique of the military intervention, slamming former British prime minister Tony Blair for being too eager to support then US president George W. Bush.

The Chilcot Inquiry, established in 2009 to investigate Britain’s most controversial military engagement since the end of the Second World War, published its 6,000-page report on Wednesday.

The inquiry strongly criticizes the UK government’s decision-making process in the run-up to the invasion.

The circumstances in which the UK decided that there was a legal basis for military action were “far from satisfactory,” it says.

Blair presented the case for war with “a certainty which was not justified” based on “flawed” intelligence about Iraq’s supposed weapons of mass destruction (WMD), which was not challenged as it should have been, the report concludes.

“Military action at that time…

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