Iraq inquiry: Government ‘intentionally and substantially’ exaggerated WMD threat

Carne Ross, who was First Secretary responsible for the Middle East at the United Nations, accused the former government of issuing “lies” to the public about the dictator’s capacity to launch weapons of mass destruction.

In quotes: Blair and Iraq weapons

Here are some of the key statements made by the prime minister about Saddam Hussein’s weapons – before and after the war.

Flashback: Memo confirms Bush and Blair knew claims Iraq had WMDs were lies

A confidential memo obtained by the Observer, detailing a meeting between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair, confirms their determination to press ahead with the invasion of Iraq in 2003 without any evidence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and without United Nations approval.

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