The anti-war movement was visible everywhere in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq – but it made fundamental mistakes that hamstrung its campaign.
Relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq protest outside Sir John Chilcot’s press conference.
Compared with other attempts to mend deep wounds after wars and conflicts, the Chilcot Report falls depressingly short.
Intelligence on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction was a core part of the case for war. The Chilcot Report has examined how it came to be so distorted.
‘Just a warning – it’s quite long…’
From faulty intelligence and inadequate oversight to disastrously poor planning, the Iraq War was a mess from the start.
Tony Blair insists to this day that his decision to go to war in Iraq was made in good faith. Does that make him any less culpable?
Tony Blair and his then-foreign minister, Jack Straw, in 2003.
The Iraq Inquiry has found that the case for invading Iraq was far from watertight and made without proper care. Deception, however, is another matter.
Too many people still believe that Iraq collapsed because there was no plan for it; others think the West has learnt from its mistakes. Wrong and wrong.
Please, stop it.
British political life increasingly revolves around expensive investigations that make a fetish of looking backwards.
Tony Blair making his now-infamous speech to the nation about going to war in Iraq, March 2003.
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When blame is allocated for going to war in 2003, save some for the UK press.
Fallujah has been an icon of Sunni resistance ever since the US bombed it in 2004.
Donald Trump has been touting his foreign policy “record”.
Whatever his position on the Iraq War was in 2003, Donald Trump is ready to attack Hillary Clinton for hers – and from the left, too.
Nearly three decades after the horrific gas attack by Saddam Hussein, Kurds are waiting for the world to recognise a genocide.
In seeking to understand the roots of Islamic State, we’ve tried to spread the net wide, but make no claim to being comprehensive or having the final word.
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Our series on understanding Islamic State attempts to catalogue many of the forces and events that can arguably have played a part in creating the conditions necessary for these jihadists to emerge.
U.S. soldier keeps watch over detainees in Iraq, 2009.
The ACLU describes the release of photos of DoD detainees as an important victory for the cause of transparency, but are they?
Civilian doctors might not know that their patients have served in the military. In this photo Marines march around the World Trade Center memorial after participating in a memorial run in 2012.
Asking ‘Have you served in the military?’ may seem like a minor issue, but it’s actually much more important than you might think. And it’s a question that few doctors make a point of asking.
It’s not looking good.
Assembled at the cost of billions of dollars, Iraq’s army has never amounted to much – and it’s not the first foreign-built military to fail so spectacularly.
Tony Blair is given the US Congressional Medal of Freedom by George W Bush.
The former British PM did not go far enough with his apology.
A young American celebrates the historic news of August 9, 1974.
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An individual may remember and forget what he or she likes, but once a version of past events is accepted and shared by a group, as a collective construction, it is on public record.
That sinking feeling: Sir John Chilcot.
Whatever position you take on the Iraq Inquiry – whether you see it as an establishment stitch-up, or whether you think it might actually tell the truth about Britain’s decision to go to war in Iraq in…
Will we ever know what he knows?
The Iraq inquiry, launched in 2009, still hasn’t published its report.