A long-awaited U.K. inquiry into the Iraq war has slammed the invasion in a report that is heavily critical of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Military action in Iraq in 2003 was not used as a "last resort," said John Chilcot, who led the so-called Chilcot Inquiry, on Wednesday. Speaking at a media conference, Chilcot said Britain chose to join the U.S.-led invasion before diplomatic means to disarm Iraq had been exhausted.
"Military action in Iraq might have been necessary at some point, but in March 2003 there was no imminent threat from Hussein," Chilcot said.
He added that Blair overestimated his ability to influence the U.S, then led by George Bush, despite Britain's joint occupation of Iraq after the war.
"The U.K. was fully implicated in the authorities' decisions, but struggled to have a decisive effect on its policies," Chilcot said.