OILIGARGHY: Brits Made Iraq Oil Deals Months Before Invasion – By Jonathan Brown, Paul Bignell and Andy McSmith

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Source – independent.co.uk

“… BP insisted before the war it had “no strategic interest” in Iraq, but in documents disclosed in this newspaper yesterday, it can be seen telling the Foreign Office at that meeting it regarded Iraq as “vitally important” and it would be prepared to take “big risks” in pursuit of business there”:

(Brits Made Iraq Oil Deals Months Before Invasion – Iraqi Oil Supply was Considered to be ‘Vital’ to British Interests – By Jonathan Brown, Paul Bignell and Andy McSmith)

The British Government saw Iraqi oil as “vital” to the UK’s long-term energy security, and the effective privatisation of its oil industry was central to the post-invasion plan for the country, according to previously unseen Whitehall documents.

The UK was already working behind the scenes to ensure British companies did not lose out to competitors in the region, reveal strategy papers that were discussed at…

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