16 Feb '11, 1am

An Iraqi defector has reportedly said he lied about Iraq having WMDs in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein

An Iraqi defector has reportedly said he lied about Iraq having WMDs in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein

An Iraqi Army soldier and a US Army soldier stand guard during a joint patrol in this March 13, 2009 file photo. A defector has admitted to lying and fabricating the report that said Iraq had WMDs in order to get rid of Saddam Hussein. -- PHOTO: AP LONDON - THE defector whose claims that Iraq had biological weapons were used to justify the 2003 US invasion has admitted that he lied to help get rid of Saddam Hussein, the Guardian newspaper said on Tuesday. 'Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right,' Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told the British newspaper. 'They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy,' he added. Mr Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials, told the BND, Germany's secret servi...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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BAGHDAD : Iraq's government plans to slash the salaries of ministers and MPs, a top official said on Wednesday, as protest...