Sunday, November 22, 2009


The Sunday Telegraph (UK) claims to have obtained hundreds of pages of secret Government reports on the lessons learnt from the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

On 22 November 2009, Andrew Gilligan, in The Sunday Telegraph, (Secret papers reveal blunders and concealment) reveals:

1. British military planning for Iraq regime change began in February 2002.

Throughout 2002 Tony Blair stated that Britain's aim was "disarmament, not regime change."

On July 16 2002, Blair was asked: "Are we then preparing for possible military action in Iraq?"

He replied: "No."

According to the leaked documents, "formation-level planning for a (British) deployment (to Iraq) took place from February 2002".

Maj Gen Graeme Lamb, the director of special forces during the Iraq war, is quoted as saying: "I had been working the war up since early 2002."

2. Blair concealed the invasion plan from Parliament and all but "very small numbers" of officials.

This "constrained" the planning of the invasion.

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3. The invasion operation was "rushed" and "lacking in coherence and resources."

This caused "significant risk" to troops and "critical failure" in the post-war period.

Some soldiers went into battle with only five bullets each.

Some had to get to the war on civilian airlines, taking their equipment as hand luggage.

Some soldiers had their weapons confiscated by airport security.


Former BBC chief Greg Dyke accused the UK Government of "trying to kill" Andrew Gilligan, the journalist who, with the help of Dr David Kelly, revealed the truth about the dodgy dossier on Iraq. (Richard Sambrook.)

Saturday, November 14, 2009


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The Independent: Did UK collude with US in abuse of Iraqis?

In 2007, Nassir Ghulaim, a young Iraqi, was playing football with friends.

British soldiers took them to a British base.

"The soldiers then made us squeeze together in a pile, while a soldier stood on top of us and shouted and laughed."

Ghulaim says the soldiers forced a younger Iraqi to strip naked and started playing with his penis and taking photographs.

Ghulaim says "used an electric baton on various parts of my body."

After three days of detention, Ghulaim was freed without charge.

Hussain Hashim Khinyab, arrested in April 2006, claims that he was tortured at a British camp and sexually abused by female personnel.

In 2003, a 16-year-old Iraqi was among a group of Iraqis taken to the Shatt-al-Arab British camp to help fill sandbags. The 16-year old says he was raped by two British soldiers.

The Insider - American soldier shot Iraqi boy after gay rape

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Madsen: 'US sent Taliban into Iraq'