6 July 2016 - Those were the opening words of Mr Blair's 'Note on Iraq' to the White House in July 2002
Almost like a lover promising to be faithful 'till death us do part', Tony Blair promised George Bush: “I will be with you, whatever.”
It has long been rumoured the Prime Minister had promised something of the sort during his private dealings with the US President , though not everyone believed it. read more>>>
6 July 2016 - TWENTY-NINE previously secret letters between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush in the lead up to the Iraq war will be made public on Wednesday.
The correspondence will be published as part of the Iraq Inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot and dubbed the “Chilcot report”.
The 2.6 million-word report, which is four times the length of War and Peace, has taken seven years to produce.
It was launched in 2009 to discover Britain’s role in the Iraq war and was tasked with investigating exactly what led to the 2003 invasion led by the US and the subsequent occupation of Iraq.
The controversial war did not have approval from the UN Security Council and was based on the assumption that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction which was later proved to be unfounded.
The letters will make up just some of the hundreds of classified documents set to be released which will show exactly what leaders were thinking behind the scenes. read more>>>
Relatives of servicepeople killed in Iraq are looking to use the report as the basis for legal action – with Tony Blair one of their main targets
6 July 2016 - Tony Blair has been called “the world’s worst terrorist” by one of the families of the 179 British servicepeople killed in Iraq, moments after they heard Sir John Chilcot finally deliver his verdict on the Iraq War.
After Sir John delivered a summary of his findings, Sarah O'Connor, whose brother Sergeant Bob O'Connor died in Iraq in 2005, fought back tears as she said: "There is one terrorist that the world needs to be aware of and his name is Tony Blair, the world's worst terrorist."
She was speaking at a press conference called by some of the bereaved families, who had loudly applauded Sir John as he finished delivering his summary.
The families made clear that they would now be considering legal action in light of the findings of the 2.6-million-word, 12-volume report – and Tony Blair would be one of their main targets. read more>>>
Tony Blair's statements on Iraq's military capabilities 'were presented with a certainty that was not justified', Sir John Chilcot has said
The Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), which produced the now notorious dossier claiming that Iraq had nuclear, chemical and biological warfare capabilities broadly produced what Tony Blair’s government wanted to hear. And, it remained silent when the Prime Minister even ignored what caveats there were in the dossier to make his case for war.
“In the House of Commons on 24 September 2002, Mr Blair presented Iraq’s past, current and future capabilities as evidence of the severity of the potential threat from Iraq’s WMD” stated Sir Chilcot.
“He said that, at some point in the future, that threat would become a reality. The judgments about Iraq’s capabilities in that statement, and in the dossier published the same day, were presented with a certainty that was not justified… It is now clear that policy on Iraq was made on the basis of flawed intelligence and assessments. They were not challenged, and they should have been.” read more>>>