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This is a project to monitor and comment on the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq war. Its aim is both to inform and to provide a dynamic forum for comment and analysis as the Inquiry progresses. It seeks to provide a balance of views and opinion. Its objective is to be constructive and to provide reasoned and well argued comment.

The main aims are to set out what appear to be the main questions or issues that the Inquiry will need to address and to provide a commentary on the Inquiry’s proceedings and revelations. The Inquiry has not held any hearings or published any new evidence since 2011 and in a letter to David Cameron in July 2012, Sir John Chilcot stated that it would not “publish further information piecemeal and in advance of its report”.

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The site firstly seeks to set out the questions that the Inquiry will need to answer and the evidence that might answer them. The evidence includes both information published by the Inquiry and from other sources. As the Inquiry has progressed, the Digest has been updated both to include the evidence that the Inquiry has published and to seek to answer some of the questions posed.

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13 comments to this article

  1. Lee Roberts

    on November 23, 2009 at 7:49 pm -

    A few years ago I wrote an extensive piece for Compass on Blair’s role in the Iraq Invasion. It is true that some new evidence has emerged, but most of the incriminating evidence that made the media is contained in this essay. It is chock full of detail and took weeks to compile. Nothing much was ever made of the piece, which I still think gives a pretty good insight into the games that Blair was playing at the time, and the chronology of events. To the extent that the analysis is helpful, I am placing it here in the public domain for anyone to use as they wish. The link is:


    If there is any way I can help further, the organizers are very welcome to contact me at the email address I have provided. I strongly recommend that you add Phillip Sands to your supporters. Have you thought of contacting Jim Sillars, the former SNP politician, who tried to get a prosecution of Blair for war-crimes heard in Scotland ?

    I have littlke doubt that this enquiry is planned as a whitewash and a way to help Blair escape prosecution by classifying evidence heard in private. I wish you well and will be following this site and Chilcot developments very closely. Best of luck

  2. BlairSupporter

    on December 7, 2009 at 11:11 pm -

    Jimm Sillars, Mr Roberts? Is he one of the eight SNP MPs (if I recall the number correctly) who charged his solicitor’s advice fees to his constituents via his EXPENSES? His ‘expenses’ under Office costs, though it clearly had nothing to do with running their consituency offices.

    The Nats and the Three Plaid Cymru MPs who also used our money for this advice (couldn’t have been all that useful – Blair has still not been charged) don’t seem to have thought there was anything wrong or perhaps dishonest about this.

    What scruples! What integrity!

    Get the country’s PM into court, and hopefully behind bars, all with the aid of the constituents of ALL parties, including Labour. That number including those of ALL parties and none who may have had doubts about this course of action for ALL sorts of reasons.

    And DON’T, ‘principled’ Nats, whatever you do, put your money where your mouth is. And this, even despite the fact that we are talking a few hundred pounds EACH per “principled” MP.

    See my posts on this:

    The Scottish Nationalists who YOU paid to impeach Blair:


    The Welsh Nationalists:


  3. Silver Fox

    on January 8, 2010 at 7:24 pm -

    “As the Inquiry gets going, the site will contain a running commentary of what its hearings – and hopefully newly published evidence – show.”

    4 days of hearings this week and one passing reference to them albeit via the coverage of another website. Isn’t it about time you moved on from 2003 and thought about the following 6 years of UK involvement in Iraq?

  4. Ian Leslie

    on February 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm -

    Is there a reason that you don’t state your views about the war above? The great majority of contributors, including the site’s editor, clearly think the war was a massive mistake and that the process was corrupt. In which case, why don’t you say so upfront? It couldn’t be that you’re keen to present yourselves as neutral, open-minded commentators, could it? If so that’s silly, and self-defeating. It just makes me and I presume others distrustful of you. Which is a pity.

  5. andrewsimon

    on February 2, 2010 at 9:30 pm -

    Ian –

    I think the reason is that this website does not represent one homogeneous viewpoint. I don’t disagree with or dispute the fact that many of us who write here have significant misgivings about all that happened, but if you read through the comments you will find a full span of views, from one extreme to the other. The intention here was never to run this as an anti-war website, but rather to use it as a forum to fully examine all the available evidence which was used to make the case for war (and to a lesser extent for proper peace after that). We have at least one pro-war writer here, we would be happy to have more but alas no-one else has come forward to undertake this role. I don’t know why exactly, but perhaps any other prospective writers have been put off by the strength of the case that they would have to campaign against?

  6. Ian Leslie

    on February 8, 2010 at 10:14 pm -

    Andrew – yes, that will be it – the pro-war writers who were about to “come forward” were suddenly struck by the utter futility of their case! Oh come on. Look, there’s nothing wrong with running an anti-war site – which, whether by accident or design, is what this is. But you ought to be up front about where the overwhelming majority of commenters – and the editor – are coming from. As I say, you’re not doing yourself any favours by pretending to neutrality.

  7. andrewsimon

    on February 8, 2010 at 11:48 pm -

    Ian –

    I would still maintain that there is a wide divide between the extreme anti-war and the extreme pro-war (far left and far right?) positions, and that we as the writers here are attempting to remain slightly more objectively centred than some who allege that overt mass murder took place because Tony Blair ‘lied’ about the WMD. I don’t think we ever claimed to be ‘neutral’ in the first instance, in fact I’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have strong views about the whole Iraq ‘thing’ in one way or another. Sure, the balance here may have seemed to have slipped to one side since we started this site, but is this not because the whole weight of evidence seems to be going in only one direction…?

  8. joan W. Gartland

    on February 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm -

    Why aren’t The Foreign Office and Jack Straw required to describe the steps taken to recover Margaret Hassan’s remains?

  9. Somanee

    on March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm -

    Hi there, tomorrow is my public law exam. Lecturer suggested that I can use the current issue, Chilcot Inquiry in showing the accountability of ministerial responsibility. Looking around here and see what I can discover to put into my answer tomorrow.

  10. joan W. Gartland

    on May 9, 2010 at 4:42 am -

    Still no information on the location of Margaret
    Hassan’s remains, even though, according to the Chilcot Inquiry, Gordon Brown told Mrs. Hassan’s sister that the British government knew the location and that he would help her in the recovery. This continuing delay is horrendous and
    unforgivable. What is going on?

  11. Bobm

    on June 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm -

    Dear Chris

    I read your posts regularly and am disappointed that you get so little, positive, feedback.

    Are you familiar with Karl Popper’s proposition that Plato deliberately misrepresented the key political question…substituting

    -who should rule? for..
    -how can we so arrange matters that our rulers do us the minimum of harm?

    Questions which are surely relevant for people who marched against the war..