Dutch military intelligence was cautious about Iraq

21st December 2008, Comments 0 comments

Former Lieutenant General Hans Couzy says that in 2002 and 2003 the military intelligence service MIVD was cautious in its reports about the threat posed by Iraq.

THE NETHERLANDS – General Couzy, who made his remarks in a radio interview, said that the information MIVD submitted to the cabinet was more balanced and realistic than the comments made by former British prime minister Tony Blair. 

He suggested Iraq had nuclear weapons at its disposal which could be activated within 45 minutes.
The MIVD was also more cautious about the presence of weapons of mass destruction. 

The United States and the United Kingdom invaded Iraq in 2003, allegedly because the country had created an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. 

The Netherlands initially only provided political support to the operation, but later also made a military contribution.   

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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