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Jon8503 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-05 08:09 AM
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US lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war
Edited on Sun Jun-19-05 08:52 AM by Jon8503
By Colin Brown, Deputy Political Editor
17 June 2005

American officials lied to British ministers over the use of "internationally reviled" napalm-type firebombs in Iraq.

Yesterday's disclosure led to calls by MPs for a full statement to the Commons and opened ministers to allegations that they held back the facts until after the general election.

Despite persistent rumours of injuries among Iraqis consistent with the use of incendiary weapons such as napalm, Adam Ingram, the Defence minister, assured Labour MPs in January that US forces had not used a new generation of incendiary weapons, codenamed MK77, in Iraq.

But Mr Ingram admitted to the Labour MP Harry Cohen in a private letter obtained by The Independent that he had inadvertently misled Parliament because he had been misinformed by the US. "The US confirmed to my officials that they had not used MK77s in Iraq at any time and this was the basis of my response to you," he told Mr Cohen. "I regret to say that I have since discovered that this is not the case and must now correct the position."

http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/story.jsp?sto...
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Kipling Donating Member (929 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-19-05 08:24 AM
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1. How surprising.
Now would be a very good time for Blair to stand up and say something bad about Bush. I'm going to send a letter to him, asking how he can support Live 8 and other anti-poverty schemes while maintaining a close relationship with a country so incredibly stingy with its aid. I would love to see him dennounce Bush in public, and with climate change, Africa, and things like this he's hardly short of an excuse.
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