Friday 2 December 2016

Iraqis have little time for the Chilcot report - they live with fallout of 2003 war every day

Mary Fitzgerald

Published 11/07/2016 | 02:30

'Iraqis often remark that while there used to be just one Saddam, now there are a thousand.' Photo: AP
'Iraqis often remark that while there used to be just one Saddam, now there are a thousand.' Photo: AP

Baghdad was still burying its dead when the long-awaited findings of the inquiry into why Britain chose to go to war in Iraq were released on Wednesday. Three days before the Chilcot report was published, a massive truck bomb had ripped through a bustling predominantly Shia district of the Iraqi capital.

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Claimed by Isil, the bombing has turned out to be one of the deadliest attacks in Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion. The latest figures put the death toll from Sunday's blast at almost 300 people, with more expected to die as a result of horrific injuries.

So while the British media was picking through the damning 2.6 million-word Chilcot report - seven years in the making - and former prime minister Tony Blair was showing no contrition for supporting the war, Iraqis were yet again reminded of the bloody chaos that followed and remains today.

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