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Australia: Former army chief says the country must not ‘blindly’ follow US

Peter Leahy said that Australia must examine their decision to go to war in light of report criticizing Britain's involvement in Iraq war

By: AP | Canberra | Published: July 7, 2016 8:07:34 am
Australia, australia army chief, US, UK, US iraq, us iraq war, us invasion, us invades iraq, us news, australia news, latest news, world news According to a damning report by the head of Britain’s Iraq War inquiry, the Iraq war was mounted on flawed intelligence, was executed with ‘wholly inadequate’ planning, and ended ‘a long way from success’. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

A former Australian army chief has warned Australia against “blindly going along with” the United States after an inquiry was critical of Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war.

Australia sent 2,000 troops to support US and British forces in the 2003 invasion. A British government-commissioned report published on Wednesday said former Prime Minister Tony Blair led Britain into an unsuccessful war through a mix of flawed intelligence, “wholly inadequate” planning and an exaggerated sense of the UK’s ability to influence the United States.

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Peter Leahy, who was Chief of the Australian Army from 2002 to 2008, said Thursday that Australia had to examine how it decides to go to war in light of the report.

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