Aznar admits Iraq never held arms before war

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8 February 2007, MADRID — The former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar admitted on Thursday he doubted if there were any arms of massive destruction in Iraq.

8 February 2007

MADRID — The former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar admitted on Thursday he doubted if there were any arms of massive destruction in Iraq.

Aznar sent Spanish troops to Iraq to support the US-led invasion which was based on the premise Iraq held arms of massive destruction (AMD) which posed a threat to the West and Israel.

But at a meeting near Madrid, the former Popular Party premier, said: "Everyone thought there were AMDs in Iraq and now I know there weren't."

Aznar said he made the decision on the facts which were known at the time.

"We took the decisions which we took because we thought it was in the national interests," he said.

Sending Spanish troops on the premise Iraq held AMDs was hugely unpopular in Spain and there were large protests across the country.

The Spanish presence helped to make the country a target for terrorism which ended in the 2004 Madrid bombings by Islamic extremists in which 191  were killed.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

8 February 2007

MADRID — The former Spanish prime minister José María Aznar admitted on Thursday he

doubted if there were any arms of massive destruction in Iraq.

Aznar sent Spanish troops to Iraq to support the US-led invasion which was based on the

premise Iraq held arms of massive destruction (AMD) which posed a threat to the West

and Israel.

But at a meeting near Madrid, the former Popular Party premier, said: "Everyone thought

there were AMDs in Iraq and now I know there weren't."

Aznar said he made the decision on the facts which were known at the time.
"We took the decisions which we took because we thought it was in the national

interests," he said.

Sending Spanish troops on the premise Iraq held AMDs was hugely unpopular in Spain and

there were large protests across the country.

The Spanish presence helped to make the country a target for terrorism which ended in

the 2004 Madrid bombings by Islamic extremists in which 191  were killed.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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