Blair's crimes | Civilians slaughtered | Iraq

Britain and the US invade Iraq, leading to 650,000 deaths by 2006

[ 20 March 2003 ] On 20 March 2003, Britain joined the United States in an illegal military assault on Iraq in order to enforce regime change and eliminate the country’s alleged ‘weapons of mass destruction,’ even though London was aware that there was no credible evidence for their existence.  As the chief UN weapons…

2000-2009 | Arms exports | Backing repressive regimes | Blair's crimes | Indonesia

BRITISH HAWK FIGHTER JETS USED AGAINST FREE ACEH MOVEMENT

19 May 2003 On 19th May 2003, Indonesia deployed Hawk-200 fighter jets, supplied and made by the U.K., to front its assault on the Free Aceh Movement.  The Guardian’s John Aglionby observed that ‘ the Hawks were used primarily to scare and intimidate people on the ground by flying low over targets already attacked with rockets…

2000-2009 | Iraq | Torture

Iraq taxi driver dies in custody – his body covered with torture marks

8 May 2003 On 8 May 2003, soldiers of the Black Watch regiment, searching for a suspect looter with convictions for murder and rape, raided a house in Basra. They were frustrated to find only his father, taxi driver Radhi Nama, along with his two daughters and three grandchildren. According to his daughter Afif, when…

2000-2009 | Iraq | Torture

Iraqi hotel receptionist tortured to death by British troops in Basra

15 September 2003 On 15 September 2003, Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist, was kicked, beaten and tortured to death by British troops in the Iraqi city of Basra.  He was one of a group of ten innocent civilians, who were subjected to appalling brutality. Their agony was witnessed by other soldiers, a medic, officers and…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes

Tony Blair and Alastair Campbell joke about killing Clare Short

9 April 2003 [ 9 April 2003 ] Unlike other ministers, Clare Short, the secretary of state for international development, was not afraid to voice her opinion, within and outside Cabinet, that the Iraq war was both illegal and a disproportionate use of force. Tony Blair and his communications director, Alastair Campbell, both viewed her…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Civilians slaughtered | Iraq

British cluster bombs kill 38 and injure 156 Iraqi civilians

31 March 2003 On 31 March 2003,  British artillery fired cluster munitions during operations in the Iraqi city of Hillah, 100 km south of Baghdad. According to Human Rights Watch – ‘In the neighborhood of Nadir, a slum on the south side of the city, every household Human Rights Watch visited suffered personal injury or property…

2000-2009 | Blair's crimes | Iraq

Scores of Iraqi civilian casualties caused by British cluster weapons

[ 23 March 2003 ] During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, the RAF dropped at least 66 BL755 cluster bombs, about 10% of which may have failed to detonate, leaving a hidden danger for civilians and particularly children, similar to that posed by anti-personnel mines.1 However, it was the extensive use of ground-launched cluster…

2000-2009 | Iraq

Invasion of Iraq will increase terror threat – intelligent report warns

10 February 2003 On 10 February 2003, just five weeks prior to the invasion of Iraq, the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) secretly warned the British government that the planned assault would increase the risk of a terrorist threat, the exact opposite to what Prime Minister Tony Blair was promising the public. The JIC later confirmed…

2000-2009 | Iraq

18 JULY

IRAQ WEAPONS EXPERT JOHN KELLY FOUND DEAD AFTER ‘SEXED UP’ DOSSIER LEAK. [ 18 July 2003 ] Today in 2003, Dr. David Kelly, a 59 year old chemical weapons expert and former UN weapons inspector, was found dead in the woods, just one mile from his Oxfordshire home. Two days earlier, he had been aggressively…

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19 MAY

BRITISH HAWK FIGHTER JETS USED AGAINST FREE ACEH MOVEMENT [ 19 May 2003 ] On 19th May 2003, Indonesia deployed Hawk-200 fighter jets, supplied and made by the U.K., to front its assault on the Free Aceh Movement.  EIGHT AFGHAN CIVILIANS KILLED BY UK AIR STRIKE – REPORT KEPT SECRET [ 19 May 2009 ]…