Iraq war inquiry not to 'shy away' from criticism


Sir John Chilcot, whose inquiry report about the British government’s role in the 2003 invasion of Iraq will be published on Wednesday, says he is not afraid to criticize those in charge during the war in the report.

“I made very clear right at the start of the inquiry that if we came across decisions or behavior which deserved criticism then we wouldn’t shy away from making it. And, indeed, there have been more than a few instances where we are bound to do that,” Chilcot said in an interview on Tuesday.

The Iraq Inquiry, also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry, consisting of a 2.6-million-word report, was established in 2009 to probe the involvement of Britain in the war and its aftermath that saw British forces remain in the Arab country for six years.

The report, set to be published after about seven years, analyzes evidence about how the government of former Prime Minister Tony Blair acted before the invasion of Iraq and during the war.

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