American soldier killed in Iraq as Blix warns US weapons inspectors
A US soldier was killed and one was injured in an attack in southeast Baghdad, the U.S. military reported Saturday. The patrol was hit at about 11:45 p.m. Friday with small arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade in the As Sadiyah region, the military said.
Meanwhile, former chief UN weapons inspector Hans Blix said in a British newspaper article Saturday that the US-led inspection team scouring Iraq for weapons of mass destruction must guard against "spin" when presenting their findings to their political masters.
"We don't want another epidemic of spin," Blix told the Independent.
Blix said that nothing in the US report on the findings of the Iraq survey group constituted the "serious and current threat" used by the British government to justify going to war in the first place.
Blix said British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his government "should have exercised more critical judgement" over Iraq, according to the Independent.
"There was not a serious or imminent threat. They could have carried on with the policy of containment," Blix told the newspaper.
Blix said that the credibility of the Iraq survey group would be damaged if there was any political input, the Independent said. (Albawaba.com)
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