April 27, 2013 - Australia's first service widow of the Iraq war has called for an inquiry into the nation's involvement in the 10-year conflict.
Kellie Merritt says Australian and American political leaders ''exaggerated, cherry-picked and manipulated'' intelligence to strengthen the case for invading Iraq in 2003.
Ms Merritt's husband, Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, a former member of the RAAF, died along with nine others when their British RAF Hercules transport plane was shot down by insurgents over Iraq's Tigris River eight years ago.
Restating her calls for an inquiry into Australia's involvement in the invasion and subsequent war, Ms Merritt said lessons should be learnt from the death of her husband and other military personnel and civilians killed in Iraq. read more>>>