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Iraq War Illegal - Chilcot will hear

Letter from the Attorney General, held by the Chilcot Inquiry says Iraq War Illegal

November 30, 2009

It seems that a letter sent by the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, to then Prime Minister Tony Blair eight months before the Iraq War began, warns that any invasion would be illegal under international law. This letter is part of a number of documents that will be referred to when Tony Blair gives evidence to the Chilcot Enquiry.

Such a letter would seriously question Blairs assertion that he was guided by the Attorney General, even though Goldsmith was later bullied into towing the line.

The Inquiry also heard from the then PM's foreign policy advisor, David Manning, that military chiefs were asked to prepare options for joining an American invasion of Iraq nine months before the start of the war, and to do so secretly. Manning recalled how when President Bush told Blair there may be evidence linking Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and al-Qaeda, that "The Prime Minister’s response to this was that the evidence would have to be compelling indeed to justify any action against Iraq."

Manning also told the Inquiry that planning for the military campaign caused "some uneasiness in the MoD about the lateness of decisions".


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