Chilcot Report: 'I want to hear why they went into Iraq', insists mother of soldier killed in the conflict

Campaigner Rose Gentle has demanded answers from the upcoming Chilcot report, saying she wants to know why armed forces were sent into Iraq in 2003

Rose Gentle (right) at the start of the Chilcot inquiry in 2009

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Campaigner Rose Gentle has demanded answers from the upcoming Chilcot report, saying she wants to know why armed forces were sent into Iraq in 2003. 

Rose is the mother of fusilier Gordon Gentle, who died aged 19 in Basra after a roadside bomb destroyed the Land Rover in which he was travelling. It later emerged his life could have been saved if nearby bomb disabling equipment (an electronic scrambler) had been fitted to the vehicle. 

Since her son's death in the summer of 2004, Gentle has campaigned tirelessly to prove the war was illegal. She founded the group Military Families Against The War (MFATW), which she runs from Gordon's old bedroom. But while she's keen to see the report, she is doubtful it will provide any real answers.

"I want to know why they actually went into Iraq," she told Julia Hartley-Brewer. "We've been told so many different reasons as to why my son and the others were sent there.

"But I think a lot will be taken out. I think a lot will be missing."

The founder of MFATW has said in the past her son 'died for Blair's lies'. Even now, her anger at the former Prime Minister has not faded.

"If he had nothing to hide, why didn't he put all these documents and all these answers in front?" she asked. "Gordon's been dead for 12 years, and he [Blair] has had plenty of time to admit it.

"He just ignored the families, so I don't think now we could sit and speak to the man."

The Chilcot report is due to be published on July 6.