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UK foreign secretary: US decision on Iraqi army led to rise of Isis

by firstsource newsJuly 7, 2016

says decision to remove supporters of Ba’ath party from army was biggest mistake of post-conflict planning

The UK has stepped up its criticism of US conduct of the Iraq war, with the foreign secretary saying the single most disastrous mistake was the mass removal of supporters of the Ba’ath party from the Iraqi army, which he claimed led directly to the formation of Islamic State.

Philip Hammond said the move by Paul Bremer, an American diplomat in charge of running Iraq in 2003, to dismantle the country’s army had proved a disastrous mistake, as it had sent 400,000 unemployed soldiers on to the streets.

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