Families of UK soldiers to boycott Iraq war inquiry report

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The families of some British soldiers killed in the Iraq war say they will boycott the Chilcot inquiry over fears it will be a “whitewash.”

The two million-word inquiry report about the involvement of the British government in the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be published on Wednesday after about seven years.

The Iraq Inquiry, also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry after its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, was established in 2009 to investigate Britain’s role in the Iraq war and its aftermath that saw British forces remain in the Arab country for six years.

The report analyzes evidence about how the government of Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair acted before the invasion of Iraq and during the war.

Relatives of the 170 British soldiers who were killed between 2003 and 2009 will get an early sight of a summary of the report.

“It will be a whitewash. I’m absolutely disgusted. I’m not going because it will be a whitewash,” said Julia Nicholson, mother of…

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