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US Knew Iraq Had No WMDs, Invaded Anyway
- 03/18/2013 02:46 PM EDT
New evidence has surfaced that the CIA and Britain's spy agency M16 had concrete evidence that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction months before the 2003 invasion. According to a documentary that will air Monday night on the BBC, both agencies had clear intelligence from the Iraqi foreign minister and head of intelligence that the country's WMD program was practically non-existent.
Iraq's alleged WMD program was among the principal invasions for the invasion. In his January 28, 2003 State of the Union, President George W. Bush stated:
“We know that Iraq, in the late 1990s, had several mobile biological weapons labs… Saddam Hussein has not disclosed these facilities. He’s given no evidence that he has destroyed them."
Then Prime Minister Tony Blair made similar statements to the British parliament, saying "that intelligence showed Iraq's nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons programme was 'active', 'growing' and 'up and running."