Stephen White Quoted on BBC: Iraq Inquiry: ‘Seeds for Bloody Anarchy Sown’ by Iraq Invasion, Says Former Police Advisor
July 7, 2016
“Seeds for a bloody anarchy” that still exists today were sown by the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a former senior police officer in charge or law and order in the country has said.
A report on the war has concluded that there were “wholly inadequate” plans for the aftermath of the invasion.
Stephen White, a police advisor in Iraq in 2003, said there was “an absence of visible leadership” during the war.
The former Northern Ireland policeman added: “It was a demoralising time.”
The war ended Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq, but the aftermath unleashed violence that has killed thousands.
Mr White, who was an assistant chief constable in the Police Service of Northern Ireland before his move to Iraq, said law and order was not maintained in the country.
“Based on my years and years of Northern Ireland experience, when an occupying force, which we were, does not maintain law and order, then gangs and organised crime start to flourish and then sectarian militias start to take over,” he said…
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