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Not really 'new' news but nice to see it 'officially':<br><br>
"The RAF and US aircraft <b>doubled the rate</b> at which they were dropping bombs on Iraq in 2002 in an attempt to provoke Saddam Hussein into giving the allies an excuse for war, new evidence has shown.<br>
The attacks were intensified from May, six months before the United Nations resolution that Tony Blair and Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, argued gave the coalition the legal basis for war. By the end of August the raids had become a full air offensive.<br><br>
"The details follow the leak to The Sunday Times of minutes of a key meeting in July 2002 at which Blair and his war cabinet discussed how to make “regime change” in Iraq legal.<br><br>
"Geoff Hoon, then defence secretary, told the meeting that “the <b>US had already begun ‘spikes of activity’</b> to put pressure on the regime”.<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1632566,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...632566,00.html</a>
 

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<b>British bombing raids were illegal, says Foreign Office</b><br><br>
"A sharp increase in British and American bombing raids on Iraq in the run-up to war "to put pressure on the regime" was <b>illegal under international law</b>, according to leaked Foreign Office legal advice.<br><br>
"The advice was first provided to senior ministers in March 2002. Two months later RAF and USAF jets began "spikes of activity" designed to goad Saddam Hussein into retaliating and giving the allies a pretext for war.<br><br>
"The Foreign Office advice shows military action to pressurise the regime was "not consistent with" UN law, despite American claims that it was.<br><br>
"This is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office legal advice appended as Annex A to the Cabinet Office briefing paper on Iraq of July 21, 2002. This advice was originally written in March 2002."<br><br>
More here:<br><a href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1660300,00.html" target="_blank">http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article...660300,00.html</a>
 
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