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    US Had No Need for UK Assistance in Iraq Invasion - Former US Army Colonel

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    The United States could have completed the invasion of Iraq without any help from the United Kingdom, retired US Army Col. Peter Mansoor who served in Iraq said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — His words come in the wake of the publication on Wednesday of the Chilcot Report on the UK role in the 2003 Iraq War. The report concluded that the UK decision to join the war was based on flawed intelligence data and assessments.

    "We could have [completed the invasion]. Certainly, it would have reduced the international standing of the force that went to Iraq. More importantly, it might have given the Bush administration some pause," Mansoor told the ITV broadcaster.

    He also stressed that the Iraq War was one of the biggest strategic mistakes in US history.

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair said after the report's release that he would take full responsibility for any mistakes made during UK invasion of Iraq.

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