Iraq Inquiry: Britain went to war on 'assumption' of Saddam Hussein WMD

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Britain went to war in Iraq on an 'assumption' that Saddam Hussein still possessed weapons of mass destruction, according to Jonathan Powell.

Intelligence on Saddam's WMD was not the pivotal factor in Tony Blair's decision to go to war in Iraq, Mr Powell, the former chief of staff to Mr Blair, has told the Chilcot Inquiry.

Mr Powell said there was a long-standing "assumption" that Saddam had WMD because of the fact that he had used them in the past.

Without any concrete evidence that Saddam had destroyed his stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons the Government remained "confident" that he still had them in 2003, he added.

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