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The Iraq war is linked to the continued strength of al-Qaeda, according to a respected English think-tank. “Riding pillion with a powerful ally [the USA] has proved costly in terms of British and US military lives, Iraqi lives, military expenditure and the damage caused to the counter-terrorism campaign”, the Chatham House organisation said.

The obviousness of such a statement should not be underestimated.

UPDATE: Iraq’s insurgency is not, as claimed by Bush, Blair and Howard, being led by foreign fighters with a history of animosity towards the West. Rather, the Iraq war has led a number of men in the Muslim world to fight the West. The conflict has radicalised a new generation in the Arab world.

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