Australia defends its participation in the Iraq war

Twilight News / Australia defended on Thursday its decision to participate in the invasion of Iraq led by the United States in 2003, after a day of exciting Chilcot report in Britain question marks about the decision to Britain's participation in the war.
She said Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop seventh in the Australian television channel that the participation of Australia, "was based on information, better information was available to us then." She added, "I remember very well the information presented to us." He revealed the British investigation, which took seven years on the invasion of Iraq and the search for weapons of mass destruction, that the threat posed by then-Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been exaggerated and that the intelligence was faulty and the legal basis for the war was not satisfactory. Australia participated by 500 soldiers from the special forces and naval forces and air in the "coalition of the willing." Three soldiers died in non-combat accidents. Asked whether he should apologize to the then Prime Minister John Howard, the Australian people, Bishop responded, saying that it is up to him.
There was no comments yet on the part of Howard, who served as prime minister from 1996 until 2007 when he lost the election to Kevin Rudd.
Said retired General Peter Leahy, who was commander of the army during the Iraq war to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation television on Thursday, said that the Chilcot report should be a guide for military interventions in the future. He added that Australia should be wary of "drift blindly" with its international partners. He continued: "Frankly, some of the decisions taken by the United States, the biggest partner in the strategic alliance, during the first or the last thirty years has been somewhat disingenuous."