Top aides of George W Bush have revealed that Tony Blair did not place conditions on British support for the US mission to overthrow Saddam Hussein and rejected claims that weapons intelligence was fixed.
10 Mar 2013 - Just how close were Tony Blair and George Bush and what assurances did the prime minister give the president about British support for the US mission to overthrow Saddam Hussein?
The Chilcot inquiry that is investigating how and why Mr Blair led the country to war is not expected to deliver its findings before the autumn. But The Sunday Telegraph can today throw remarkable fresh light on the countdown to conflict.
In a world still reeling from the Sept 2001 terror attacks on the US, the primary justification for the overthrow of Saddam were intelligence claims detailing the dangers posed by the stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons that he was said to have retained after the first Gulf war in 1991. read more>>>
In the weeks before the invasion of Iraq fierce arguments raged over the question of Saddam Hussein’s ability to acquire and unleash Weapons of Mass Destruction and what the West should do to neutralise the threat. We look at the key players in the march to war.
10 Mar 2013 - Alastair Campbell Played crucial role in formulating arguments for war against Saddam, overseeing preparation and release of two documents arguing dictator building up Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and was danger to Britain.
The September Dossier, published September 2002, and February 2003’s Iraq Dossier, nicknamed the Dodgy Dossier, criticised by opponents of the war as exaggerating or distorting actual findings of intelligence services, particularly claim that Saddam had WMDs deployable within 45 minutes. read more>>>