The Iraq Inquiry is demanding access to a damning secret Ministry of Defence report into the shambles surrounding the invasion.
The report by former Iraq commander Lieutenant-General Chris Brown has been slapped with a highly secret classification because its contents are so explosive.
Defence sources say that they will not hand it over to the inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot, until senior officers have had time to prepare a response to the accusations it makes.
But that decision was condemned as ‘another kick in the teeth’ for the families of Britain’s war dead.
The Iraq Inquiry has heard a succession of military and political witnesses explain the lack of planning before the war and the chaos that ensued after the conflict. But defence chiefs have restricted the circulation of their own internal report into what went wrong.
The MoD denies that the report has been su
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