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February 1, 2011

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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.

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