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    Concerns about the harmful impact of an Iraq invasion on human rights have been proven right by the long-awaited Chilcot report, a prominent rights watchdog said Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The inquiry into the 2003 Iraq War by Sir John Chilcot found that the UK government based its decision to deploy British troops to Iraq on flawed assessments and underestimated the consequences of the invasion.

    "In the lead-up to the Iraq invasion we warned that there could be terrible consequences and tragically we were proved right, with thousands of civilians killed and injured," Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said in a statement.

    Iraq Inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot speaks as he comments on the findings of his report, inside the QEII Centre in London on July 6, 2016
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    Allen said it was a "tragedy" that politicians had failed to properly assess the human rights costs of such a massive military operation, including a wave of sectarian violence that came in its wake.

    He stressed that lessons must be learned from the Iraq War, and said British troops must be investigated on allegations of torturing and unlawfully killing Iraqis during their deployment in 2003-2009.

    Chilcot Report on UK Role in 2003 Iraq Invasion (55)


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