Iraq war has been terrible, admits minister

From The Times
January 14, 2008
Soldiers from 40 Regiment Highland Gunners in training near Basra

The invasion of Iraq and the occupation of the country by US led multinational forces had been “a terrible episode for everybody”, a Foreign Office minister admitted yesterday.

Lord Malloch-Brown, who has acquired a reputation for making controversial remarks in public, said “a lot of people” had been lost, and no one could feel any sense of triumphalism.

The Foreign Office Minister, who was appointed by Gordon Brown as part of his “big tent” policy aimed at bringing in specialists with a wide range of talents, made his views clear on Iraq as President Bush, continuing his Middle East tour, gave a more up-beat assessment of security improvements in the country. He said that hope was returning to Iraq.

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