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British personnel in southern Iraq, March 2009.

Planning and Fighting a War: The Iraq Inquiry's Judgements on the Armed Forces

Michael Clarke
RUSI Journal, 21 December 2016
Armed Forces, Iraq, Counterinsurgency, Defence Policy, UK, UK Defence, Europe, Middle East and North Africa
The Iraq Inquiry has shed light on Britain’s lack of strategic influence over its coalition partners.

The Iraq Inquiry shows that the armed forces were up against some tough challenges over which they had little effective control. But, Michael Clarke contends, it also indicates that they exacerbated their problems by assuming, even on the basis of thin resources, that they could play a strategically significant role throughout.

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Michael Clarke
Senior Associate Fellow

Professor Michael Clarke was Director General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) from 2007 to 2015 when he retired from... read more

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