British veterans of the Iraq War could face prosecution for crimes including murder, the head of a team examining potential torture and unlawful killing during the conflict has said.

Mark Warwick, who leads the Government-established Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), has told The Independent there are “lots of significant cases” where there is substantial evidence for the Service Prosecuting Authority (SPA) to press charges.

Some of the “serious allegations” being investigated may meet the threshold of a war crime, he added.

As of September 2015, the multimillion-pound inquiry has been in contact with 1,515 potential victims – but 280 of them were allegedly killed in unlawful circumstances.

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