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DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, 1 FEBRUARY TO 7 MARCH 2003

SECTION 3.7 DEVELOPMENT OF UK STRATEGY AND OPTIONS, 1 FEBRUARY TO 7 MARCH 2003 Contents Introduction and key findings ……………………………………………………………………….179 1 to 13 February 2003 …………………………………………………………………………………..181 Parliamentary debates on Iraq, 3 February 2003 …………………………………………………181 3 and 4 February 2003 …………………………………………………………………………………185 … Continue reading

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IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, PRE-JULY 2002

  SECTION 4.1 IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, PRE-JULY 2002 Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………….8 The UK’s assessment of Iraq’s WMD capabilities pre-9/11 ……………………………………….9 The legacy of the 1990s …………………………………………………………………………………..9 The UK’s assessment of Iraq’s WMD 2000 to 2001 ……………………………………………….12 JIC … Continue reading

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IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2002

SECTION 4.2 IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, JULY TO SEPTEMBER 2002 Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………..115 Late July and August 2002 …………………………………………………………………………….116 Mr Blair’s meeting, 23 July 2002 …………………………………………………………………….116 “Summer reading” ……………………………………………………………………………………..121 Reservations about the wisdom of publishing the dossier …………………………………….124 … Continue reading

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IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, OCTOBER 2002 TO MARCH 2003

SECTION 4.3 IRAQ WMD ASSESSMENTS, OCTOBER 2002 TO MARCH 2003 Contents Introduction and key findings ……………………………………………………………………….289 The UK assessment of Iraq’s position, October to December 2002 ………………………….290 Iraq’s rebuttal of the UK dossier …………………………………………………………………….291 JIC Assessment, 11 October 2002: ‘Iraq: … Continue reading

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THE SEARCH FOR WMD

SECTION 4.4 THE SEARCH FOR WMD Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………425 Planning and preparation for the post-conflict search for WMD ……………………………426 Security Council debate on the future role of UNMOVIC ………………………………………442 Creation of the Iraq Survey Group ………………………………………………………………….443 Managing … Continue reading

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MILITARY PLANNING FOR THE INVASION, JANUARY TO MARCH 2003

SECTION 6.2 MILITARY PLANNING FOR THE INVASION, JANUARY TO MARCH 2003 Contents Introduction and key findings ……………………………………………………………………….387 The switch to the South ……………………………………………………………………………….388 CENTCOM’s proposal for a UK Division in the South ……………………………………………389 MOD advice to No.10 on deployment to … Continue reading

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MILITARY EQUIPMENT (PRE-CONFLICT)

SECTION 6.3 MILITARY EQUIPMENT (PRE-CONFLICT) Contents Introduction and key findings …………………………………………………………………………..2 Planning and readiness for expeditionary operations ……………………………………………..2 Testing the UK’s expeditionary capability: lessons learned? …………………………………….6 The UK’s expeditionary capability by 2002 ………………………………………………………….11 Equipment preparations for the invasion (2002 to … Continue reading

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PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR A POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN IRAQ, MID-2001 TO JANUARY 2003

SECTION 6.4 PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR A POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN IRAQ, MID-2001 TO JANUARY 2003 Contents Introduction and key findings ………………………………………………………………………..114 Pre-conflict management of information on Iraq ………………………………………………..115 The Foreign and Commonwealth Office ……………………………………………………………116 The Iraq Planning Unit ………………………………………………………………………………..120 The Joint … Continue reading

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PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR A POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN IRAQ, JANUARY TO MARCH 2003

SECTION 6.5 PLANNING AND PREPARATION FOR A POST-SADDAM HUSSEIN IRAQ, JANUARY TO MARCH 2003 Contents Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………………………..309 Second round of inter-agency talks, Washington, 22 January 2003 …………………………309 Follow-up to the inter-agency talks ……………………………………………………………….326 The UK Common Document …………………………………………………………………………327 Post-conflict discussions … Continue reading

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CONCLUSIONS: PRE-CONFLICT STRATEGY AND PLANNING

571 SECTION 7 CONCLUSIONS: PRE-CONFLICT STRATEGY AND PLANNING Contents Conclusions ………………………………………………………………………………………………572 The UK decision to support US military action ……………………………………………………573 UK policy before 9/11 ……………………………………………………………………………………573 The impact of 9/11 ………………………………………………………………………………………577 Decision to take the UN route ………………………………………………………………………..583 Negotiation of resolution … Continue reading

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