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Summary

  1. Sir John Chilcot's Iraq War inquiry report is published after seven years
  2. Inquiry set up in June 2009 to look into run-up to US-led 2003 invasion of Iraq and its aftermath

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By Jo Perry

All times stated are UK

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  1. The Iraq Inquiry report has been responded to by politicians, bereaved relatives and former PM Tony Blair

    The Iraq Inquiry report spans almost a decade of UK government policy decisions between 2001 and 2009.

    It was written by Sir John Chilcot and published on 6 July and covered;

    • the background to the decision to go to war
    • whether troops were properly prepared
    • how the conflict was conducted 
    • and what planning there was for its aftermath, a period in which there was intense sectarian violence.

    The conflict resulted in the deaths of 179 UK servicemen, 19 of whom came from Scotland.

    Rose Gentle, whose son Gordon was the youngest to be killed in the war, said she wanted to meet Tony Blair.

    He was the UK prime minister at the time of the conflict in 2003.

    Sir John has spoken, so too has Mr Blair. Politicians and bereaved relatives of servicemen have also commented in light of the report.   

    There's continuing live coverage of reaction to Chilcot on the BBC News website.

  2. Blair: 'I don't believe we are safer today than we were back then'

    Tony Blair
    Quote Message: What I've tried to do today is to explain why I acted as I did and in the end what more can I do than say to people 'this is why I took the decision as I did and if you disagree with me fine, but please stop saying I was lying or I had some sort of dishonest or underhand motive'. I had the motives I explained and the reason I can't depart from the decision is I look at what's happening in the world today and I'm afraid I do not believe that we are safer today than we were back then."
  3. Chilcot report makes public a number of messages from Tony Blair to George Bush

    The letters released include one about "brilliant speech" which showed the US president had the right strategy to "get the job done".

    Handwritten letter from Blair to Bush
  4. Blair: They want me to 'apologise for the decision. I can't do that'.

    Tony Blair
    Quote Message: If I was back in the same place, with the same information, I would take the same decision. Obviously that's the decision I believed was right. Obviously, I'm saying today, because some of the intelligence has turned out to be wrong, the planning wasn't done properly, I have to accept those criticisms, I accept responsibility for them. But I think people want me to go one step further, and this is my problem, it's a very fundamental problem, and I know it causes a lot of difficulty even with people who might support me otherwise, they say 'no, we want you to apologise for the decision'. I can't do that.
  5. Blair: 'The mistakes on planning and process I absolutely acknowledge'

    Quote Message: The mistakes on planning and process I absolutely acknowledge and I accept responsibility and I'm not passing the responsibility off to someone else. I accept full responsibility for those mistakes. But it's not inconsistent with that to say that I believe we took the right decision.
    Tony Blair
  6. Watch: 'Sorrow, regret, apology' from Blair

    Tony Blair has said that he takes "full responsibility" for the decisions that led to the UK's involvement in the 2003 Iraq War.

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    Video caption: Tony Blair expressed sorrow, regret and apology

    The former prime minister was giving his reaction the the publication of the long-awaited Chilcot report. 

  7. Blair: 'No where in this report do they say what would have happened' without invasion

    The former prime minister acknowledged that groups like the so-called Islamic State and al-Qaeda thrived in areas of the world that had become ungovernable.

    However, he said that while Sir John Chilcot had written the report, it was not he who had been in the position to make the decision about the invasion.

    Quote Message: I agree that when you leave that space ungovernable, that is where terrorism breeds. But non intervention can also lead to those spaces being created - partial intervention can lead to those space being created. The one thing that I've got to say about this report and I say this with respect, it's the difference between people writing a report and people taking decisions, no where in this report do they say what would have happened if they had taken the decision...not advocated but implied.
    Tony Blair
  8. Tony Blair denies he gave George W Bush 'blank cheque to invade Iraq

    Tony Blair

    The former prime minister was asked if his assertion that he offered his support to the Americans "whatever" meant he gave them a black cheque for invasion.

    Mr Blair insisted he told the Americans that he was with them but that they needed to pursue redress in the UN.

    Quote Message: I was absolutely clear, and I think even the words that continue after that statement in the memorandum, that I then explain all the difficulties. This isn't like Kosovo and Afghanistan and why we need to proceed with enormous care. the whole purpose of what I was doing was making it clear I was going to be with the Americans in dealing with this - that was absolutely clear I said this in evidence to the inquiry, but we needed to go down the UN route from Tony Blair Former Prime Minister
    Tony BlairFormer Prime Minister
  9. ANALYSIS: The questions that follow the Chilcot Inquiry report

    Brian Taylor

    BBC Scotland Political Editor

    Sir John Chilcot's compendious and coruscating report into the Iraq War and its aftermath has, inevitably, generated further questions. Could/should the conflict have been prevented? What went wrong with equipping the troops? Why was aftermath planning, according to Sir John, so limited? And more. 

    Lessons have been identified - but will they be learned? Will the culture of the British state, military and civilian, regenerate fully? 

    David Cameron reckons the answer to both questions is yes. And more. Will there now be action taken against any individual identified in the report? Against Tony Blair?

     The lawyer for families who lost loved ones in the conflict says legal action is possible but will require further, detailed consideration. 

    Alex Salmond says Tony Blair is responsible - and political and legal consequences must now be contemplated.

    Read more from Brian Taylor

  10. Tony Blair: 'I can look not just the families, but the nation in the eye'

    Quote Message: I can look not just the families, but the nation in the eye and say I did not mislead this country. I made the decision in good faith on the information I had at the time and I believe that it is better that we took that decision. from Tony Blair Former prime minister
    Tony BlairFormer prime minister
    Tony Blair
  11. The former Labour politician supposes a different outcome

    Tony Blair

    Mr Blair says: "Suppose he [Saddam] remained in power, is it likely he would be in power in 2011 at the time of the Arab state uprising? Is it likely that Iraq would have joined the Arab spring and is it likely if the Iraqi people had revolted and there had been an uprising Saddam would have reacted like Assad in Syria?"

    The former politician says that all of those question would be "affirmative."

    Quote Message: What is happening in Syria today would have happened in Iraq too. We should be thankful we are not dealing with Saddam and his two sons now. from Tony Blair Former Labour PM
    Tony BlairFormer Labour PM
  12. Declassified document indicates Prime Minister Tony Blair was considering military action by 2001

    Among many documents made public as a result of the Chilcot inquiry is a memo from December 2001 in which Tony Blair considers the possibility of military action.

    Memo from December 2001
  13. The legal basis of the war is examined by Mr Blair

    Mr Blair gets into the legal question, he says if the "politics is in question, the legalities are also".

    He speaks of the role of the Attorney General, the Cabinet and parliament. Mr Blair adds that he "accepts, of course, it is better politically if the Security Council of the UN" makes the key decisions, but those conditions and the basis for agreement were not there. 

    Tony Blair
  14. Scottish Liberal Democrat leader says report 'shines bright light on dark period'

    Willie Rennie said the Chilcot report showed the "utter failure" of Tony Blair's government in decision-making, preparation and execution of the Iraq war.

    He added: "This thorough report shines a bright light on this dark period of our country's impact on the world."

    He also paid tribute to former UK Liberal Democrat leader, the late Charles Kennedy, who had spoken up against the invasion in 2003.

    Willie Rennie
    Quote Message: When Charles Kennedy led opposition to the conflict he did so based on analysis of the evidence with a considerable degree of caution. Perhaps if Tony Blair and his government had adopted the same analysis and caution then we may not have seen the failure that was the Iraq war. from Willie Rennie Scottish Liberal Democrat leader
    Willie RennieScottish Liberal Democrat leader
  15. Blair focuses on the UK's alliance with US and the issue of WMD

    Tony Blair

    Mr Blair defends the alliance the UK has with the US. he says the partnership has worked in many cases before. "People can disagree with that, but I believed it as PM," the former Labour leader adds.

    He moves on to Weapons of Mass Destruction and points to "authoritative" reports that did, in the early 2000s, indicate Iraq having such a dangerous arsenal.

  16. The Iraq war was going to move 'with or without us', Mr Blair explains

    Tony Blair talks about an "impasse" with the United Nations on agreeing a new resolution to challenge the Iraqi regime. He details dates and explains his thinking in the build up to March 2003, the start of the invasion.

    Quote Message: I had no option to delay, I had to decided, I thought of Saddam, his record, his regime, our alliance with America and I weighed it carefully, I tool this decision with the heaviest of hearts." from Tony Blair Former British Prime Minister
    Tony BlairFormer British Prime Minister
    Tony Blair
  17. Blair makes plea: 'Put yourself in my shoes'

    Tony Blair urges the audience before him: "Put yourself in my shoes as PM, back then in 2001 you see the intelligence on WMD, you see the changed context of mass casualties of terrorism, you consider the possibility of 9/11 here and your prime responsibility as PM is to protect your country."

    Tony Blair