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Monday, March 05, 2012

UK PM defended legality of Iraq invasion
Garrett Eisenhour at 12:00 AM ET

On March 5, 2010, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown defended the intelligence supporting the 2003 invasion of Iraq before The Iraq Inquiry. Brown claimed that the decision to invade the county only came after the UN had passed fourteen ineffectual resolutions against Saddam Hussein's regime. Brown's testimony came one month after the former chief legal adviser to the UK's Foreign Commonwealth Office, Sir Micheal Wood, claimed that he advised the Foreign Ministry that the invasion of Iraq would be illegal under international law. Former UK international development secretary Clare Short made similar allegations in February 2010 that she had advised [PDF] former UK prime minister Tony Blair of the possible illegality of the Iraq invasion in 2003.

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