Head of UK's Iraq war inquiry defends report delay

February 4, 2015 10:45 AM

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Head of UK's Iraq war inquiry defends report delay

LONDON (Reuters) - Long delays in the publication of Britain's official inquiry into the Iraq war were unavoidable due to its complexity, the head of the inquiry, former civil servant John Chilcot, told a parliamentary committee on Wednesday.

Announced in 2009, the report investigating the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath was expected to take a year but last month Chilcot said there was "no realistic prospect" of delivering it before a May 7 general election.

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