16/10/2014 - The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War should be published before the general election, William Hague has insisted.
There is deep frustration among many MPs that the report, set up in 2009 and expected to be highly critical of Tony Blair, has yet to see the light of day. It was due to be published three years ago. The election is in just seven months time.
"I'm not in control of the timing of the release of the report, certainly ministers hope it will available in the not too distant future," Hague, the leader of the Commons, told MPs on Thursday. "I hope it reports before the general election but I'm not in control of that."
The former foreign secretary also blamed the previous Labour government for the delay. He said if it had agreed to begin the inquiry sooner, it would have reported back by now. read more>>>
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014