Blair Ready to Bear Blame for Any Mistakes Made During UK Invasion of Iraq

© AFP 2022 / DANIEL LEAL-OLIVASFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his home in London on July 6, 2016
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his home in London on July 6, 2016 - Sputnik International
Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Wednesday that he would take full responsibility for any mistakes made during UK invasion of Iraq in 2003, after the long-awaited Chilcot Report on the country's military campaign was released.

A protester wearing a former British Prime Minister Tony Blair mask, right, and another dressed as a judge pose for the media on a stage outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, shortly before the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, Wednesday, July 6, 2016. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier in the day, Sir John Chilcot said that the UK government at the time of the invasion had failed to assess risks associated with the decision and that the post-conflict security planning was inadequate.

"I will take full responsibility for any mistakes without exception or excuse," Blair said in a statement on his website.

He said that he would pay tribute to UK armed forces and expressed regret over the "loss of life and the grief it has caused the families."

"The report does make real and material criticisms of preparation, planning, process and of the relationship with the United States," he added.

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