Families Of British Soldiers Killed In Iraq May Sue Tony Blair After Chilcot Report

Posted by on June 1, 2016 in Corruption, Government, Military with 16 Comments
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The families of slain British soldiers might sue former UK PM Tony Blair if evidence suggests the equipment provided to the troops during the Iraq War was inadequate, Roger Bacon, father of an army serviceman killed in a roadside bomb blast, told RT.

Bereaved relatives of UK servicemen and women slain during the Iraq War are contemplating taking legal action against Blair and/or other officials if the much-anticipated report commissioned in 2009 and prepared by Sir John Chilcot reveals that the government failed to adequately provide for the needs of British military personnel participating in the 8-year-long invasion and occupation.

Bacon, who is member of the Iraq Families Action Group, which is seeking justice from the UK authorities on behalf of the 179 British servicemen killed in Iraq, told RT that he firmly believes Blair“committed an illegal act in taking us [the UK] there.” What is worse, Bacon believes the invasion focused on “regime change,” but lacked planning, leading to grave consequences that put the “entire country in chaos” and allowed groups such as Islamic State (IS, ISIS/ISIL) to take over parts of Iraq.

He added that, after looking at specific cases of UK families that had lost children in the war, it was “quite clear” that the troops had been ill-equipped for their task.

“There is an equipment issue,” Bacon said, while promising to carefully look at Chilcot’s inquiry before he and members of other affected families decide whether to file a lawsuit against Blair or other parties, including the UK’s defense ministry.

“Whether it has to do with suing Tony Blair himself or the ministry of defense over equipment we will have to wait until the report comes out to see what it says about it,” said Bacon, whose son Matthew was killed by an IED in 2005, just five weeks after being deployed, while on his way back from the allies’ headquarters in Basra.

“You don’t expect to lose your son before you go,” the grieving father added.

Over the past years, the families of British servicemen killed over the course of the war have slammed Chilcot for delaying the report’s publication, while threatening to take legal action if a deadline for its release was not set.

“Now we expect a Chilcot report to come out on July 6. It’s just taken far too long to do,” stressed Bacon, who has become one of the most vocal critics of the increasingly protracted publication process.


“It is morally reprehensible to keep delaying the publication of the report,” he said back in 2015.

The report, which is supposed to examine the justification for deploying British troops, may further tarnish the former PM’s less than perfect reputation, as it is expected to be loaded with heavy criticism of his actions prior to the invasion.

“Two million words in it, and within those words there’s going to be, we believe, a lot of criticism about what happened in Iraq and before. How we got into a situation where we went to war,” Bacon added.

The report is rumored to reveal details about secretive meetings between Blair and George W. Bush, in which the then-British PM reportedly said he would support the war in Iraq no matter what. This evidence might confirm allegations that Blair had committed to back the US-led campaign regardless of whether Iraq’s late leader, Saddam Hussein, was in possession of weapons of mass destruction.

In addition, the report will shed light on Blair’s involvement in forging a so-called “dodgy dossier” – an intelligence report claiming that Hussein had the ability to attack Britain with weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes, which turned out to be false, as no WMDs were found in Iraq at all.

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  1. Jason Caruso Jason Caruso says:

    They are public figures but puppets at best. Their organizations are corrupt, evil and are a primary reason terrorism exists. In fact, their actions are far more terrorizing than any group like ISIS. It’s all a rich man’s trick

  2. Dave Cameron Dave Cameron says:

    Send them both to the Hague, should be dealt with the same way as Saddam!

  3. Erik Albert Erik Albert says:

    ‘Do what you gotta do, but make it look like an accident’.

  4. Todd Speed Todd Speed says:

    Tried for crimes against humanity and the planet. Executed like rats.

  5. Jon Morgan Jon Morgan says:

    Saddam Hussein was doing his best Hitler impersonation when he decided to gas the Kurds. His sons were no better. Honestly I’m happy the despot and his sons are dead. Now we have to deal with ISIS which has nowhere near as much political or military power as the Baath party did under Saddam Hussein.

    • Dan Simpson Dan Simpson says:

      And now the “Kurds” are fighting the “Turkish” and we don’t know who to back in “Syria”…. Iraq has seen more deaths since the US & GB got involved than there ever was under “Sadam”…….the war against ISIS, Sadam & the Taliban was about money, oil, Ok so he wasn’t a nice bloke but isn’t it strange how we do trade deals with China…. a country with the worst human rights record in the world….. over a million Tibetans murdered…..4 million refugees @ over a million people tortured & imprisoned for believing the Dali Lama & calling for a free Tibet….

      Sounds to me a bit hypercritical to start a war with anyone else…..when they kiss Chinas arse…!!

    • Jon boy, you are delusional or on drugs if you believe the US media that 20K kurds were gassed.. gas supplied by the USA no doubt. you may be able to justify destroying a country, its infrastructure and 2 million of its citizens but i cannot.. this invasion was because Hussein wanted to start selling his oil in euros.. the USA had him targeted since Bush sr.. one piece of dung president after the other followed suit.. they should all be charged with war crimes..

  6. Mick Ames Mick Ames says:

    To bad it can’t happen to Bush.

  7. Sif Hitmi Sif Hitmi says:

    I think they are 2 criminal no more.

  8. Hanging is too good for them.

  9. oh look, two of the biggest war criminals in the same photo.. both evil to the core..

  10. These two war criminals should be done for many worse things ~

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