Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Chilcot to ‘heavily criticise’ Tony Blair over Iraq war

imageOfficial inquiry into Iraq war expected to focus on former PM’s alleged failure to consult cabinet fully in run-up to invasion Tony Blair is reported to be heading for heavy criticism by the official inquiry into the Iraq war, which is likely to focus on his alleged failure to consult the cabinet fully in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.

The Mail on Sunday reports today that Sir John Chilcot, the former permanent secretary at the Northern Ireland Office who is chairing the inquiry, has identified a series of concerns. These include: (more…)

General Petraeus, US commander in Afghanistan, set to be head of CIA

imageDavid Petraeus, already an American national hero, is to replace Leon Panetta – in Barack Obama’s first major reshuffle Barack Obama is planning to conduct the first major reshuffle of his administration that would see General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, take over as head of the CIA and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, become defence secretary.

The Associated Press, which broke the story, reported that Obama would make the announcement on Thursday. (more…)

U.S. Troops Will Fight Without Pay If The Government Shuts Down

The White House, Senate Democrats, and congressional Republicans are currently locked in intense negotiations, trying to find agreement on a plan to fund the government and avoid a shutdown. (more…)