- After 13 years, the Chilcot inquiry delivers damning verdict on Britain's march to war
- But the findings will be of little use to Iraqis living with the consequences
Editor's Note: CNN International Correspondent Ben Wedeman has lived on and off in the Middle East since the 1970s and has covered Iraq extensively since the 1990s.
Baghdad, Iraq (CNN)"Our armies do not come into your cities and lands as conquerors or enemies, but as liberators," read the proclamation to the people of Iraq. These could have been the words of British Prime Minister Tony Blair or President George W. Bush at the time of the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
- A report on Britain's role in the Iraq War, including events that led to the conflict and its aftermath
- It has taken longer to publish than the war actually lasted
- Commissioned by Britain's then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009
- Written by John Chilcot, from the inquiry he chaired between 2009 and 2011
- The 12-volume, 2.6 million-word report is almost three times as long as the complete works of Shakespeare