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Iraq: an illegal war that led to terrorism

Issue No. 2212

Evidence given to the Chilcot inquiry into the war in Iraq is consistently proving the anti-war movement right.

Last week the former head of MI5, Baroness Manningham-Buller, told the inquiry that the war had “radicalised” young Muslims in Britain.

She also raised doubts about intelligence organisations.

“People talk in hushed tones about the Joint Intelligence Committee”, she said.

“It is another Whitehall committee. It is fallible.”

This evidence, from a key figure in the British establishment, is pretty damning.

But it appears there may be even more explosive evidence that the inquiry isn’t hearing.

Carne Ross was Britain’s Iraq expert at the UN from 1997-2002 and gave evidence to the Chilcot inquiry earlier this month.

He says he was told not to refer to a key foreign office memo in his testimony, which he says “dramatically and inaccurately” exaggerated Iraq’s nuclear threat.

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