Wednesday, 6 July 2016

The Chilcott Report - 6th July 2016

The Chilcott report was an investigation into the British Government's decision to use military force on Saddam Hussein.

• Was it right and necessary to invade Iraq in March 2003?

• Could the UK, and should the UK, have been better prepared for what followed?

The Chilcott Report concluded:

• That the UK chose to join the invasion of Iraq before the peaceful options for disarmament had been exhausted. Military action at that time was not a last resort.

• The judgements about the severity of the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction – WMD – were presented with a certainty that was not justified.

• Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate.

• The Government failed to achieve its stated objectives.

Download the full report here:

The Chillcott Report - 6th July 2016

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