Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

The decision to join the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence, the occupation and Iraq's bloody descent into sectarian violence, have been examined in detail by the Chilcot inquiryBritain’s war in Iraq, to be examined in a major report due out Wednesday, instilled a deep sense of distrust towards military intervention that still casts a shadow over foreign policy, analysts say. The decision to join the US-led invasion in 2003 on the basis of flawed intelligence, the occupation and Iraq’s bloody descent into sectarian violence, have been examined in detail by the Chilcot inquiry. “It has defined Britain’s security policy,” said Malcolm Chalmers, deputy director general of the RUSI think tank.

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