Ex-MI5 Chief Says Iraq War Boosted Terrorism

Britain’s former spy chief has testified in an ongoing government inquiry into the Iraq war, saying that there was no link between Saddam Hussein and the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States and that the invasion allowed terrorist groups like Osama bin Laden‘s al-Qaida to shore up their ranks in the Middle Eastern country.

Former MI5 director Eliza Manningham-Buller gave a scathing criticism of the Iraq War on Tuesday as an investigation by the British government on the mistakes committed by London both prior and after the invasion that overthrew Hussein continued. “Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11 and I have never seen anything to make me change my mind,” she said.

Manningham-Buller said that the war also caused radicalism to increase not only in Iraq but also in Britain. She revealed that the MI5 monitored up to 80 British citizens who joined the Iraq insurgency due to the belief that the invasion was actually an attack against Islam.

The inquiry is not aimed at prosecuting those involved in the planning of the Iraq war and its post-conflict effect, but a report is expected to be submitted later this year. The report will serve as basis for future military operations.