Iraq war casts long shadow over UK foreign policy

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Britain’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.

The neo-conservative think tank the Henry Jackson Society also warned against retreating further following the publication of the Chilcot report.

“There are many significant failings and lessons to be learned from the Iraq war, as with any conflict,” said its executive director Alan Mendoza.

“But one lesson that must not follow is that intervention is wrong, or that we are somehow responsible for the totality of the turmoil in the Middle East today.”

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