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Iraq war 20: Why the search for a secret weapon went nowhere – BBC News 中文

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Iraq war 20: Why the search for a secret weapon went nowhere – BBC News 中文
  • Gordon Corera
  • BBC Security Correspondent

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In August 2003, protesters against the Iraq war on the streets of London held up a demonstration sign that read “Blair – Liar”.

Twenty years after the US invasion of Iraq, the debate continues over the existence of “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq, a claim that justifies Britain’s entry into the war. New details about the search for weapons of mass destruction have been revealed in the BBC series Shock and War: 20 Years in Iraq, based on conversations with dozens of people who witnessed it.

“oops!”. That was the terse response of a senior MI6 officer told by colleagues in late 2001 how serious the Americans were about the war in Iraq.

CIA officials also remember the shock of their British counterparts. “I thought they were going to have a heart attack at the dinner table,” recalls Luis Rueda, head of the CIA’s Iraq operations team. “If they weren’t gentlemen, they’d slap me across the table.”

Word soon reached Downing Street. It was intelligence personnel, not diplomats, who delivered the message.

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