After Chilcot report, former UK PM Tony Blair issues apology over UK's role in Iraq War

| Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 13:50
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Approximately 7,500 civilians were killed during the Iraq invasion

New Delhi: The invasion of Iraq has been stated has one of the worst diplomatic ventures in world history, and the countries who participated in this post-9/11 attack have been a part of a damning report called the Chilcot report or the Iraq War inquiry.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who sent British troops to Iraq on the behest of American president George W Bush, tendered an official apology where he stated that he regretted the decision.

"I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe," Blair said in the statement. "I will never agree that those who died or were injured... made their sacrifice in vain."

However, the former PM rejected the fact war increased more terrorism and stated that he had not mislead the parliament and did not feel any regret for the capture of Saddam Hussein.

"I knew it was not a popular decision. I did it because I thought it was right and because I thought the human cost of inaction would be greater for us and for the world in the longer term," Blair said.

Approximately 7,500 civilians were killed during the Iraq invasion which has been riddled with allegations of war crimes.

The Iraq Inquiry, also referred to as the Chilcot Inquiry after its chairman, Sir John Chilcot, is a British public inquiry into the nation's role in the Iraq War. The inquiry was announced on 15 June 2009 by Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to Wikipedia.

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