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Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq

Posted By admin On April 19, 2011 @ 3:35 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Paul Bignell
London Independent [1]
April 19, 2011

Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.

The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain’s involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair’s cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.

The minutes of a series of meetings between ministers and senior oil executives are at odds with the public denials of self-interest from oil companies and Western governments at the time.

The documents were not offered as evidence in the ongoing Chilcot Inquiry into the UK’s involvement in the Iraq war. In March 2003, just before Britain went to war, Shell denounced reports that it had held talks with Downing Street about Iraqi oil as “highly inaccurate”. BP denied that it had any “strategic interest” in Iraq, while Tony Blair described “the oil conspiracy theory” as “the most absurd”.

But documents from October and November the previous year paint a very different picture.

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[5] Wikileaks: Secret Iraq War Death Toll Set at 285,000: http://www.prisonplanet.com/wikileaks-secret-iraq-war-death-toll-set-at-285000.html

[6] Panetta appears to link al-Qaeda presence with Iraq invasion: http://www.prisonplanet.com/panetta-appears-to-link-al-qaeda-presence-with-iraq-invasion.html

[7] Oil majors to lead another Iraq invasion: http://www.prisonplanet.com/oil-majors-to-lead-another-iraq-invasion.html

[8] Confidential memo reveals US plan to provoke an invasion of Iraq: http://www.prisonplanet.com/confidential-memo-reveals-us-plan-to-provoke-an-invasion-of-iraq.html

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