Chilcot inquiry: How to read the report into the Iraq War in full

Where to download the full 2.6 million word report for free

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Sir John Chilcot has published his long awaited report into the Iraq War.

The Iraq Inquiry has concluded the war was "unneccessary" as Saddam Hussein posed no immediate threat to the US or the UK.

Sir John said the secret intelligence reports "did not justify" former Prime Minister Tony Blair 's belief in the presence of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) but found that Mr Blair did sincerely believe they were there.

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In direct contradiction to what Mr Blair told the inquiry, Sir John also found he and George W Bush were made aware that the country could descent into secetarian civil war after the invasion so "hindsight was not required".

He also found Mr Blair had promised to support the US "whatever" when it came to the invasion as early as 2002.

A statement released by Tony Blair's shortly after Sir John finished a live press conference: "Whether people agree or disagree with my decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein, I took it in good faith and in what I believed to be the best interests of the country".

The 2.6 million word report is now avaliable to read for free on the inquiry's website here.

It can be downloaded in separate parts, starting with the 12-page executive summary here.