The Iraq war inquiry, Tony Blair, Britain's intelligence agencies, and the rise in domestic terrorism
When some began to wonder if the long-running Chilcot Report into the Iraq war would ever be published, the English journalist Peter Oborne wrote a pre-emptive book.
Not the Chilcot Report was published on 26 May 2016, identifying Britain’s failures in the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the consequences for the Middle East and the UK.
In the meantime, Chilcot Inquiry — the Iraq Inquiry, to give it its full name — announced its publication on 6 July, 2016. Not the Chilcot Report was published before its author had seen the official, government-funded report.
The reports have very different styles: one is a professional writer’s account for a lay reader of Britain’s worst foreign policy mess since Suez in 1956. The Chilcot Report is a cooler official account which seeks to adjudicate between competing claims to reach definitive verdicts on the conflict.