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Was there a “precipitate rush to war” with Iraq?
Testimony by former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director Alastair Campbell at a public inquiry over Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war shows that Blair agreed to support U.S. military action if diplomacy failed.
Campbell said that there was no “precipitate rush to war” although Blair wrote to former U.S. President George W. Bush offering support for military action if Iraq President Saddam Hussein did not agree to United Nations disarmament demands.
Political concerns over links between weapons of mass destruction, rogue states and terrorism led to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, amid global protests over the legality of the war.
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