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The United Nations former chief weapons inspector has told Britain's inquiry into the Iraq war that both London and Washington relied on dubious intelligence sources ahead of the 2003 invasion.
The five-member Iraq inquiry panel was set up by the British government to examine the case made for the war, including intelligence and errors in planning for post-conflict reconstruction.
Hans Blix, the 82-year-old ex-inspector, says that just before the 2003 US-led invasion, his colleagues checked around three dozen sites said by British and US intelligence to contain weapons of mass destruction, but discovered no evidence.
Hans Blix, UN Former Chief Weapons Inspector, said, "What was really important about this business of sites given,was that when we reported that 'no, we didn't find any weapons of mass destruction', they should have realized, I think, both in London and in Washington that their sources were poor."
Blix believes the US was intent on military action in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks and dismissive of opposing views.
Panel members also posed a series of questions about UN Security Council Resolution 1441, passed in November 2002, which led to the return of weapons inspectors to Iraq.
Sir Roderic Lyne, Iraq Inquiry Panel Member, said, "Did you feel that it gave Iraq a realistic possibility of meeting the requirements of the resolution?"
Hans Blix, UN Former Chief Weapons Inspector, said, "Yes, except that it was very hard for them to declare any weapons when they didn't have any."
The inquiry won't apportion blame or establish criminal or civil liability. It has heard testimony from politicians and military and intelligence officials.