“On 19 March 2013, 10 years will have passed since Australian, British and US forces (and a Polish contingent) invaded Iraq. The reasons we did so, and maintained a military presence there for most of the decade, were unclear then and are not yet satisfactorily explained. The invasion took place without the approval of the UN Security Council and, according to most international lawyers, in defiance of international law.

Coalition forces overthrew the government of Iraq, and then and in the years that followed they killed and wounded many thousands of Iraqis, as well as sustaining great losses themselves. Prisoners under coalition supervision were tortured and killed, cities were devastated and degradation of the countryside was widespread….”

Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH

August 2012

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