Sarah O’Connor, the sister of a British airman killed in Iraq in 2005, made a memorable contribution Wednesday to the unfolding story about the Chilcot Report with a stunning critique of former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.

O’Connor was one of a group of relatives who gathered in London to respond to the long-awaited and exhaustive report about the British government role—and, by extension, the American role—in the Iraq invasion and its aftermath.

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The Guardian reported the details:

Sarah O’Connor broke down in tears as she addressed an emotional press conference shortly after the long-awaited report was published.

“There is one terrorist in this world that the world needs to be aware of, and his name is Tony Blair, the world’s worst terrorist,” she said, to cheers from some of the other relatives.

O’Connor, whose brother, Sgt Bob O’Connor, was killed with nine other airmen when his plane was shot down near Baghdad in 2005, said her overriding emotion having read some of the report was anger. “That healing that for 11 and a half years I have worked for … I have gone back to that time when I learned that my brother had been killed.”

About 25 bereaved family members were at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in central London, where they were given a few hours to read the report before it was published. Several of those present carried pictures of their loved ones, or wore T-shirts or badges with their images.

Watch the BBC’s clip of O’Connor’s statement below:

—Posted by Kasia Anderson


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