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Scotland's papers: Blair's Chilcot defiance and Liam Fee Killers jailed

Thursday's papers are dominated by the Chilcot report, with pictures of Tony Blair featuring on most of the front pages. The Herald says the former prime minister is facing the threat of legal action over his decision 13 years ago to take Britain into a "disastrous war" in Iraq.

The Times quotes Sir John Chilcot's report, which said that Britain fought an "unnecessary, disastrous and potentially illegal war" in Iraq because of Tony Blair's "misguided and personal commitment to George W Bush".

Tony Blair "overstated the case for Britain's war in Iraq, sent troops into battle under-equipped and did not prepare for the aftermath or the consequences of toppling Saddam Hussein", says The National.

The Scotsman quotes the former prime minister as saying he felt "more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know" for the grief of those who lost loved ones in the Iraq war after the long-awaited official report delivered a "damning verdict" on his government's role in the 2003 ­conflict.

The families of British soldiers killed in Iraq have called for Tony Blair to face legal action over the war as they branded him "the world's worst terrorist", says the Scottish Daily Mail.

The Daily Record quotes Rose Gentle - the mother of Royal Highland Fusilier Gordon Gentle, who was killed by a roadside bomb in Basra in 2004 - who tells the paper Tony Blair "got his comeuppance today", and added: "I didn't think we were going to get that verdict, but I'm really pleased."

In other news, the Scottish Daily Express reports that the "evil" murderers of toddler Liam Fee have received the longest jail sentences ever handed out to women in Scotland. Rachel Trelfa and Nyomi Fee have been told to serve 23 and a half years and 24 years in prison.

The Scottish Sun quotes a former pal of the women, who has told the paper that she hopes they "suffer the same hell in jail" that they put little Liam and two other boys through.

Members of the jury burst into tears as Trelfa and Fee were jailed for a "horrendous series of abuses" carried out against children in the pair's flat in Fife, according to the Daily Star of Scotland.

The Press and Journal leads with the deaths of two children, whose bodies were pulled from a car that crashed into a loch near Oban on Wednesday afternoon.

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