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Majority of British Want Investigation Into Pre-War Intelligence
VOA News
01 Feb 2004, 03:07 UTC

A majority of the British want an independent inquiry into the intelligence that was used to justify the war in Iraq.

Polls published in two London newspapers Sunday indicate more than 54 percent of those questioned want an investigation into British pre-war intelligence. One of the polls found that 61 percent of Britons believe Prime Minister Tony Blair's government exaggerated intelligence information about the threat from Iraq's Saddam Hussein.

The polls add momentum to calls from opposition leaders and anti-war protesters for an independent investigation. Mr. Blair has so far resisted, saying the intelligence he received at the time was valid.

Media reports in the United States say President Bush, who has also resisted the idea of an independent investigation, may soon back an inquiry into pre-war intelligence.

Britain's former Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, quoted by the Sunday Times, said Britain would find it difficult to resist launching a parallel inquiry if Washington announces its support for an independent investigation.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters.

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