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Forces Families In Emotional Response To Chilcot Report

Following the publication of Sir John Chilcot's report on British involvement in the Iraq War, the sister of one of the forces members...

Following the publication of Sir John Chilcot's report on British involvement in the Iraq War, the sister of one of the forces members killed in Iraq has described Tony Blair as the 'world's worst terrorist'. 
 
Sarah O'Connor's brother, Sergeant Bob O'Connor, was killed in January 2005.
 
She joined other family members in an emotional press conference.
 
They spoke of their loved ones dying in vain, as well as their anger.
 
Reg Keys, the father of another British soldier killed in the Iraq war, was equally scathing.
"These young men, and women, were deployed on the basis of a falsehood and now we've had the backing of Sir John of our beliefs, and it has been documented and it's (given) us a launchpad to go forward and search for... more answers... and bring those that we feel, who are responsible, maybe they need to be brought to account... if that is a viable proposition."
Forces TV spoke to more family members immediately after the report was released.
 
Valerie O'Neil's son, Kris, was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2007. She said:
"We had no equipment, no exit strategy, and we went in to support George Bush... I don't think the report goes far enough... into the agreement between George Bush and Tony Blair."
Meanwhile, Kris' wife Tina said that she was surprised and satisfied at how damning the report was.