February 1, 2011
The UK drew up a list of countries seen as potential threats after 9/11 in a process known as “draining the swamp”.
The Foreign Office sought to identify countries that could pose “similar risks” as Afghanistan, a senior former diplomat told the Iraq Inquiry.
Stephen Pattison said the phrase was dropped after it emerged it had been taken from a magazine article.
Mr Pattison told the inquiry the process led to Iraq moving up the political agenda after 9/11.
This article was posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 11:17 am