ASIAdocument.write(“” + m[today.getMonth()+1]+ ” “+ today.getDate()+”, ” + theYear + ” “);HOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperChina Daily Global PDFChina Daily Global E-paperWorld / EuropeAsia PacificUS & CanadaLatin AmericaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastReporters JournalBlair says to take full responsibility for any mistakes over Iraq war(Xinhua) Updated:2016-07-06 21:56Comments Print Mail Large Medium SmallFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his office in London, Britain July 5, 2016.[Photo/Agencies]LONDON — Former British prime minister Tony Blair said he will “take full responsibility for any mistakes without exception or excuse” over the Iraq war, after the publication of a long-awaited inquiry into the war on Wednesday.Speaking before the publication of the report, the chairman of the inquiry John Chilcot said Britain went to war before all peaceful options had been exhausted. He also said that the legal basis for British military action in Iraq was “far from satisfactory,” stressing that British policy on Iraq was made on the basis of “flawed intelligence and assessments.” In the report, finally published seven years after the inquiry began and 13 years after British and U.S. troops invaded Iraq, Chilcot concluded that Britains military role in Iraq went “badly wrong” and “ended a long way from success.” He noted that Blair was warned that military action in Iraq would increase the threat of al Qaeda to Britain, but war risks were not “properly identified.” In March 2003, there was “no imminent threat” from Saddam Hussein, according to Chilcot. In response to the publication of the report, Blair said “the report does make real and material criticisms of preparation, planning, process and of the relationship with the United States.” “These are serious criticisms and they require serious answers,” he said in a statement. He also announced that he will respond in detail to the criticisms later on Wednesday. “I will at the same time say why, nonetheless, I believe that it was better to remove Saddam Hussein and why I do not believe this is the cause of the terrorism we see today whether in the Middle East or elsewhere in the world,” he added. However, Blair defended his “good faith” in his decisions to go to war in Iraq. “The report should lay to rest allegations of bad faith, lies or deceit. 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,” he said. Blair said that in the report there was no falsification or improper use of intelligence, no deception of Cabinet, and no secret commitment to war whether at Crawford Texas in April 2002 or elsewhere. “The inquiry does not make a finding on the legal basis for military action but finds that the Attorney General had concluded there was such a lawful basis by March 13, 2003,” he explained. Blair paid tribute to British Armed Forces, saying: “I will express my profound regret at the loss of life and the grief it has caused the families, and I will set out the lessons I believe future leaders can learn from my experience.”0Related StoriesHillary Clinton calls voting for Iraq war a mistakeRepublican Trump backed Iraq war in 2002 interview, says views changedWest still hasnt learned lessons of Iraq WarTony Blair apologizes for Iraq War mistakesIran commemorates Iran-Iraq war anniversaryPhotoUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchEfforts needed for sustainable projects1st Panda cub born in France named Yuan MengFree trade studies agreed on as Li meets with Canadian PM TrudeauChina-JapanChina-USChina-AfricaChina-EuropeLi tells Japanese business leaders its time for bilateral cooperationChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationGroup of lawmakers visit notorious Yasukuni Shrine in JapanJapan can offer experience, expat saysChina-Japan ties seen at dialogue as benefit to regionChina, Japan officials exchange views on security issues at 15th dialogueChinese music finds new foothold in United StatesC919 flies toward air worthinessPolitical leaders: Sino-US relations to growChina vows steps after US launches probe into aluminum tradeGates is added to top-tier Chinese academyYao helps AB InBev fight alcohol abuseAction urged over pollutionUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityChina vows to deepen bilateral ties with new Zimbabwe govtChinese, African parties meet to share wisdom on modernization2nd China-Africa Investment Forum begins in MoroccoLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchPeak performance by Chinese nurse on Scotlands mountains9-month festival of Chinese art, heritage to be staged in Liverpool, UK, next yearChina eyes closer economic, trade cooperation with BelarusPremier calls to enhance trade liberalization and facilitation in SCOPremier: China to advance production capacity with UzbekistanAsia PacificUS & CanadaEuropeAfricaMiddle EastChinese tourists go to South KoreaChina-Japan meet seeks cooperationUN envoys trip to DPRK praised by BeijingBelt and Road a great opportunity: Uzbek officialKwaussie wins Australias word of the yearJapan can offer experience, expat saysTrudeau visits Sina WeiboChina, Canada agree to issue joint statement on climate changeDemocrats stand united against GOP tax billUS quits talks on global migration pactTensions triggered over possible moveSino-Canadian bilateral trade ties to deepen furtherMay gets little gasp as EU extends deadline for sufficient progress in Brexit talksRussia banned from Pyeongchang Winter OlympicsGerman trains collide near Duesseldorf, several people injuredLiu heralds UK partnership in education and researchBoth first ladies name panda cub Yuan MengLiu Yandong heralds bilateral cooperation in education and researchEthiopian FM urges strengthened Ethiopia-China tiesUNs top environmental honors go to three in ChinaAction urged over pollutionBelt and Road Initiative to help countries achieve UN goals: officialChina unveils Model Confucius Institute edifice in Ghana universityMorocco king holds historic talks with South African president in AbidjanYemens ex-president Saleh, relatives killed by HouthisTrump recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital would raise regional tensionsYemen rattled by raids as clashes spreadSquash a perfect match for girl refugees in JordanSyrian talks in Geneva to continue to Dec 15: UN envoyAll parties in Syria urged to join talksMost PopularHot TopicsSouth China SeaEU referendumUS electionG20 summitDPRKIran nuclear talksChina and JapanGreek debt crisisGaza woeRefugee crisisReporters JournalMonks among kaleidoscope of characters facing scrutiny in New YorkEnergy flexibility and reform a breath of fresh air in ChinaDoes China-bashing really help someone reach the White House?HighlightsSouth China Sea issueBritain votes to leave EUSouth China Sea dispute…| About China Daily | Advertise on Site | Contact Us | Job Offer | Expat Employment |Copyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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