>> We have concluded that the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted.>> So, John Chilcot, finally delivering his report into the UK role in the 2003 Iraq War. It's taken seven years to produce the report blasting the British government for choosing to enter the US led invasion without a satisfactory legal basis or proper planning.
It also concludes there was no good basis for the claim that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction ready to use. Reuter's breaking news Middle East editor Andy Critchlow says it's strong stuff. Basically the top line is that the war and the invasion of Iraq in 2003 did not need to happen.
The decision was based on flawed intelligence. There was not enough consultation before that decision. So in terms of what the outcome has been and the terrible consequences both for Iraq and for the region. I don't think that Chilcot will go out to be much more damning than it has been.
>> It was then Prime Minister Tony Blair who made the decision to take Britain into war. On Wednesday he said he would accept the criticisms of the report without excuses. But that's not enough for the families of some servicemen who were killed. For them, the report dragged up old feelings.
>> I've gone back to that time when I learned that my brother had been killed. And there is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of, and his name is Tony Blair.>> Yeah.>> The world's worst terrorist.>>
>> Now the family say they will consider whether to take legal action against Blair, many want him prosecuted as a war criminal.
Even if Blair avoids that outcome, the legacy of the Chilcot reporters warn he will find hard to shake off.