Archive for 'Families' Category

Government let families down – Ainsworth

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

by Chris Ames The BBC and Sky News both report former defence secretary Bob Ainsworth as telling the Inquiry that the government “let down” or “failed” the families of service personnel killed in Iraq and elsewhere. According to the BBC: Mr Ainsworth told the Iraq inquiry that the Ministry of Defence “simply did not get [...]

Who is spinning more, Chilcot or his witnesses?

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, December 17, 2009

by Chris Ames Sir John Chilcot’s statement this afternoon was reported by the Telegraph at 3.30, a few minutes after he gave it. Presumably they had an early copy of the text. I didn’t get one, perhaps because I have been critical on some of the issues that Chilcot addressed. I’m going to be even [...]

Hassan Sisters feel let down

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Tuesday, December 8, 2009

by Chris Ames I met the sisters of Margaret Hassan, who was kidnapped and murdered in Iraq in 2004, at the Inquiry’s meeting with families in London two months ago. They are very angry about the way the Foreign Office handled the kidnapping and wanted the Inquiry to ask some tough questions to get to [...]

Inquiry issues family meetings ‘debrief’

By andrewsimon - Last updated: Saturday, November 21, 2009

by Andrew Mason The Inquiry has posted a statement on its website regarding the October meetings with the family members of those who lost their lives or remain missing in Iraq. One further meeting has been announced, to be held on 18 December, for anyone who was unable to attend the earlier meetings. The statement [...]

My Iraq Inquiry experience

By Chris Ames - Last updated: Thursday, November 5, 2009

by Tertia Boshoff (South Africa), mother of †RM Sholto/Sonic Hedenskog (4 November 1976 – 21 March 2003) On 20 August 2009 I received two letters from Sir John Chilcot and Margaret Aldred (dated 28 July and 12 August respectively) informing me of the launch of the Iraq Inquiry on 30 July in London and asking [...]