Seven years on, UK's Iraq inquiry gives its verdict

John Chilcot, the Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry, outlines the terms of reference for the inquiry and explains the panel's approach to its work, during a news conference in London, in 2009Seven years after it began, the official inquiry into Britain’s role in the Iraq war finally reports on Wednesday with former prime minister Tony Blair expected to face severe criticism. The Chilcot inquiry launched in 2009 as British troops withdrew from Iraq, tasked with investigating the run-up to the 2003 US-led invasion and the subsequent occupation. The invasion was controversial at the time as it did not have explicit approval from the UN Security Council, while claims that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction proved unfounded.

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