Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Report Slams a Flawed War; but Blair 'Would Invade Iraq Again'

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Report Slams a Flawed War; but Blair 'Would Invade Iraq Again'

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Byline: CHARLIE COOPER The Independent

TONY Blair's decision to commit British troops to the Iraq War was taken on the basis of flawed intelligence, before peaceful options had been exhausted and without any adequate plan for the future of the country and its millions of citizens, the Chilcot report has concluded in a damning assessment of the former prime minister and the war that will define his place in history.

The report, 2.6 million words long and seven years in the making, concluded the consequences of the invasion were underestimated, British troops were sent in unprepared, and the planning and preparation for rebuilding a devastated country after the fall of Saddam Hussein were "wholly inadequate".

But in a show of defiance, Mr Blair, visibly emotional, said the decision to join George W. Bush's invasion had been the right one, that he had made it "in good faith" and that with the same information, he would do it again.

"The intelligence assessments made at the time of going to war turned out to be wrong, the aftermath turned out to be more hostile, protracted and bloody than we ever imagined," he said. …

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