Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war could soon be published

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Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war could soon be published

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The much-delayed Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 invasion of Iraq has come a step closer to publication.

A deal has been struck between the inquiry and the British government to publish only “quotes or gists” of discussions between George W Bush and Tony Blair in the run-up to the war.

The inquiry was set up in 2009 by the then British Prime Minister Gordon Brown; its findings are now several years overdue.

It was given access to full records of talks between the two leaders. However it is being prevented by the British government from publishing them in its final report.

Several British politicians have condemned the compromise to only partially publish the records saying it is crucial for the public to know the whole truth.

The deal means the report may now be published by the end of the year.

Blair has continued to defend the invasion of Iraq, despite the failure to discover any weapons of mass destruction

About half a million people died in Iraq through war-related causes between the invasion in 2003 and the US withdrawal in 2011, a recent academic study by researchers from the US, Canada and Iraq suggests.

179 British soldiers were killed.