A timeline of key moments leading up to the long-awaited Chilcot report


The highly-anticipated Chilcot report on the war in Iraq will be released to the public very shortly.

Here are some of the key events leading up to its publication:

graphic showing a key dates from the beginning to the end of the iraq war

June 15 2009

Then Prime Minister Gordon Brown announces that an inquiry will be set up, with Sir John Chilcot as chair, to identify lessons that can be learned from the Iraq war.

July 30 2009

Sir John Chilcot launches the inquiry, saying that the panel "will not shy away from making criticism" if it finds that mistakes have been made.

November 24 2009

The inquiry holds its first public hearing.

January 29 2010

A defiant Tony Blair tells the inquiry that he has no regrets over removing Saddam Hussein and would do the same again.

January 18 2011

The inquiry is blocked from publishing the notes and records of discussions between Blair and former President George Bush. Sir John says that the inquiry "may not always be able to publish as fully as it would wish the evidential basis for some of its comments and conclusions".

January 21 2011

Blair is recalled to the inquiry where he is jeered and heckled by relatives in the hearing room as he said he "deeply and profoundly" regretted the loss of life in the Iraq War.

Tony Blair and George Bush (Fiona Hanson/PA)

February 2 2011

The last public hearing is held.

November 16 2011

The inquiry says there will be a six-month delay on the publication of the report because of a wrangling over the release of secret documents.

July 13 2012

Sir John Chilcot tells David Cameron the report will be delayed by another year once the process of 'Maxwellisation' - allowing those criticised to respond prior to publication - is completed.

Sir John Chilcot during the inquiry (Matt Dunham/PA)

January 20 2015

Sir John Chilcot writes to Cameron saying there is "no realistic prospect" of publication before the general election in May.

October 28 2015

Sir John writes to Cameron again to tell him it will be possible to agree a publication date once national security checks have been made.

July 6 2016

The report is finally published.