Saturday, May 26, 2007

CIA warned Bush of risks of war in the Mideast

Pre-war reports say agency predicted dangers of toppling Saddam's regime

A Senate committee released portions Friday of a pre-war CIA report that warned about the violent consequences in Iraq if Saddam Hussein was toppled. stions about the decision to go to war with Iraq, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence will on Friday release selected portions of pre-war intelligence in which the CIA warned the administration of the risk and consequences of a conflict in the Middle East.

Among other things, the 40-page Senate report reveals that two intelligence assessments before the war accurately predicted that toppling Saddam could lead to a dangerous period of internal violence and provide a boost to terrorists. But those warnings were seemingly ignored.
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