UK documents detail Iraq war chaos



Leaked British government documents call into question ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s public statements on the buildup to the Iraq war and show plans for the U.S.-led 2003 invasion were being made more than a year earlier, a newspaper reported Sunday. Britain’s Sunday Telegraph published details of private statements made by senior British military figures claiming plans were in place months before the March 2003 invasion, but were so badly drafted they left troops poorly equipped and ill-prepared for the conflict...

Iraq war inquiry will be no whitewash, Chilcot says

BBC News [UK]


The man in charge of the inquiry examining events surrounding the Iraq war has said his committee will not produce a report that is a ‘whitewash.’ Sir John Chilcot, a retired career civil servant, has promised to produce a ‘full and insightful’ account. Evidence from senior government figures will start on Tuesday and politicians, including former Prime Minister Tony Blair will be called early in 2010...

UK: Blair “knew Saddam did not have WMD before war started”

Times Online [UK]


Intelligence that Saddam Hussein did not have access to weapons of mass destruction was received by the Government ten days before Tony Blair ordered the invasion of Iraq, the inquiry into the war was told yesterday. Inspectors in Iraq had also told the Foreign and Commonwealth Office that they believed that Saddam might not have chemical and biological weapons. But with British and US troops massed on the border, the new intelligence was dismissed...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Iraq inquiry: Bush administration 'discussing regime change two years before invasion'

Elements of the new US administration of President George Bush were already discussing ''regime change'' in Iraq two years before the invasion of 2003, the official inquiry into the war has been told.

Military chiefs to accuse Blair of Iraq 'sabotage'

British military commanders are expected to tell an inquiry into the Iraq war, which opens today, that the invasion was ill-conceived and that preparations were sabotaged by Tony Blair's government's attempts to mislead the public.

Does this picture show British soldiers broke Geneva Conventions?

Public inquiry to be launched into allegations of abuse against Iraqi civilians at UK-run detention camp.

Italian TV Exposes Reality of Iraq War

Warning - Video depicts the reality and horror of war.

Blair told Saddam had no chemical weapons 10 days before invasion

Meanwhile, the inquiry heard that evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq was "pretty sparse.

Iraq inquiry: Britain rejected regime change as illegal in 2001

British officials discussed toppling Saddam Hussein in 2001 but rejected a policy of "regime change" as illegal under international law, the Iraq war inquiry has heard.

'Cruel, illegal, immoral': Human Rights Watch condemns UK's role in torture

One of the world's leading human rights organisations said there was clear evidence of the UK government's involvement in the torture of its own citizens.

Blair and Bush 'Agreed' on Iraq Regime Change in 2002

By Nicola Boden

Bush and Blair agreement 'signed in blood' in April 2002 - PM publicly speaks of regime change just 24 hours later - Condoleeza Rice mentioned Saddam Hussein on 9/11 - British support 'taken for granted' because of Blair.

Secret report: Blair misled public throughout 2002:

Blair misled public throughout 2002Tony Blair covered up British military plans for a full Iraq invasion throughout 2002, claiming at the time that Britain's objective was "disarmament, not regime change." This and many other damning details are revealed in hundreds of pages of secret government reports obtained by The Sunday Telegraph.

From Information Clearing House


Blair Conspired with Bush as Early as February 2002 to Plot Iraq Invasion


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