The Big Question: Should cabinet minutes be released, and what difference would it make? – The Independent

“Why are we asking this now?

Because the Government has been ordered to release the minutes of two key cabinet meetings held in the run up to the Iraq invasion in 2003. The Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas, has ordered the Government to hand over the minutes after it initially turned down a request for them made under the Freedom of Information Act.”

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The Independent, 28th February 2008

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Backstory: Iraq legal advice – The Guardian

Posted February 27th, 2008 in attorney general, Iraq, special report, war by sally

“Shortly before the start of the Iraq war, the then-attorney general Lord Goldsmith published a nine-paragraph statement saying why he thought the invasion would be legal under international law.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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Government ‘must’ release Cabinet’s Iraq minutes – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 27th, 2008 in disclosure, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The Government has been ordered to release the minutes of Cabinet meetings where military action against Iraq was discussed.”

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Daily Telegraph, 26th February 2008

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Former SAS man condemns British role in torture tactics – The Guardian

Posted February 26th, 2008 in Afghanistan, armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Hundreds of Iraqis and Afghans captured by British and American special forces were rendered to prisons where they faced torture, a former SAS soldier said yesterday. Ben Griffin said individuals detained by SAS troops in a joint UK-US special forces taskforce had ended up in interrogation centres in Iraq, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, and in Afghanistan, as well as Guantánamo Bay.”

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The Guardian, 26th February 2008

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British troops executed 20 captives in southern Iraq, say lawyers – The Guardian

Posted February 22nd, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“British troops may have executed up to 20 captives in southern Iraq in 2004, human rights lawyers claimed today.”

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2008

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Coroner urges action on armoured vehicles – The Guardian

Posted February 20th, 2008 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

“A coroner investigating the deaths of four British soldiers killed in Iraq by a bomb yesterday promised to press the government to improve the protection of armoured vehicles.”

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The Guardian, 20th February 2008

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Early WMD dossier draft released – BBC News

Posted February 18th, 2008 in Iraq, news, weapons by sally

“Foreign Secretary David Miliband has published an early draft of the UK’s infamous dossier on Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction.”

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BBC News, 18th February 2008

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Mothers of Iraq victims take case for inquiry to law lords – The Times

Posted February 12th, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, war by sally

“The ‘overwhelming’ body of legal advice received by the Government in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was that it would be unlawful without a proper mandate by the United Nations, nine law lords were told yesterday.”

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The Times, 12th February 2008

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Law lords to rule whether decision to invade Iraq warrants inquiry – The Guardian

Posted February 4th, 2008 in Iraq, news, war by sally

“Questions about the legality of Tony Blair’s decision to join the US in invading Iraq will come under the spotlight before a rarely convened panel of nine law lords in Britain’s highest court next week.”

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The Guardian, 4th February 2008

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High Court lifts gagging order on Iraqi abuse case – The Times

Posted February 1st, 2008 in armed forces, Iraq, news, reporting restrictions by sally

“The High Court today lifted a restraining order on The Times and other newspapers which had prevented reporting of allegations that British troops took part in the killing of 22 Iraqis.”

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The Times, 31st January 2008

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Army detainee training “flawed” – BBC News

Posted January 25th, 2008 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, news by sally

“Serious flaws existed in the training of British soldiers to deal with Iraqi prisoners, a report is expected to say.”

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BBC News, 25th January 2008

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Government ordered to disclose draft Iraq dossier – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2008 in freedom of information, Iraq, news, weapons by sally

“A Whitehall spin doctor may have played a greater role in the drafting of the famous dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction than the government admitted at the time, the Information Tribunal said today.”

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The Guardian, 23rd Janauary 2008

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High court gags Iraqis’ claims of abuse by troops – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, media, reporting restrictions by sally

“The Ministry of Defence has obtained a gagging order preventing the media from repeating allegations of abuse of Iraqis by British soldiers. A high court order bans newspapers and broadcasters from publishing details of the case reported in the Guardian two months ago.”

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The Guardian, 19th December 2007

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Terror suspect held lawfully – The Times

Posted December 13th, 2007 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, news, terrorism by sally

“An Iraqi terrorist suspect held without trial by the British military for three years is being detained lawfully, the Law Lords ruled yesterday.”

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The Times, 13th December 2007

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Regina (Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State for Defence – Times Law Reports

Posted December 13th, 2007 in armed forces, detention, Iraq, law reports, terrorism by sally

Regina (Al-Jedda) v Secretary of State for Defence

“The detention without trial of persons in Iraq by British Armed Forces under the legal regime established by United Nations Security Council Resolution 1546 was attributable to the United Kingdom rather than the UN.”

The Times, 13th December 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

‘Honour’ killing: pressure grows on UK to extradite suspect from Iraq – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2007 in extradition, Iraq, murder, news by sally

“A man who is wanted in the UK for his alleged involvement in a notorious ‘honour’ killing has been arrested in northern Iraq and offered for extradition, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2007

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Four killed unlawfully in ‘preventable’ Iraq terror attack, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted November 21st, 2007 in armed forces, inquests, Iraq, news by sally

” … four British military personnel were unlawfully killed in Iraq when insurgents blew up their boat with a remote-controlled bomb, a coroner ruled today.”

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The Guardian, 20th November 2007

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MoD sued over “36 hours of hell” in Basra – The Times

Posted November 16th, 2007 in armed forces, Iraq, news, torture by sally

“Iraqi prisoners held by British troops at a detention centre in Basra were forced to dance ‘like Michael Jackson’ during 36 hours of alleged beatings and sleep-deprivation, according to a High Court writ against the Ministry of Defence.”

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The Times, 16th November 2007

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US pays British troops for Iraq crash injuries – The Observer

Posted November 5th, 2007 in armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news by sally

“In a groundbreaking move, the Pentagon is compensating servicemen seriously hurt when an American tank convoy forced them off the road.”

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The Observer, 4th November 2007

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Injured soldier gets “insulting” £57,000 – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2007 in armed forces, compensation, Iraq, news by sally

“The family of the youngest British soldier to be injured in Iraq has angrily denounced his compensation payout of £57,000 as a ‘complete insult.’ ”

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd November 2007

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