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The war turned out to be even worse than we feared back then. Not just illegal, unnecessary and counter-productive as a strategy against terrorism; but also unplanned, a bloodbath beyond our worst imaginings, and so clearly based on a pack of lies. And Blair still got away with it! If democracy is supposed to be about accountability, what does that say about the state of democracy in this country?
Until the Iraq war, I would probably have called myself a ‘working class conservative’. I was raised by working class Tories who believed that Britain could do no wrong in the world and by older relatives who loved to reminisce about the Second World War.
It was when we met Young Officers in the Mess on the last evening that some doubts began to appear in my mind.
Attacks and clashes in Iraq killed 16 soldiers and police overnight, as the country struggles to contain its worst violence in years, officials and doctors said Saturday.
Another 22 people died in attacks and clashes earlier on Friday, violence has reached a level not seen since 2008
Gunmen also killed a police colonel in his home in the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad, and shot dead four soldiers on the area's main highway
An improvised explosive device killed a NATO service member in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, Afghan insurgents have increased attacks in recent months.