Iraq: Declassified

These declassified files on Iraq highlight the propaganda campaign in 2003, government meetings with oil companies before the invasion as well as UK covert campaigns to help Baghdad regimes slaughter Kurds in the 1960s, among other policies.


1960s coup and wars against the Kurds

The 1963 coup (Mark Curtis files from the National Archives)

The 1963 war against the Kurds (Mark Curtis files from the National Archives)

The 1965-6 war against the Kurds (Mark Curtis files from the National Archives)

Saddam Hussein

‘The Saddam Hussein Sourcebook’ (2 UK documents, 1969) (National Security Archive, 2003)

2003 invasion

‘The Iraq War: Was There Even a Decision?’ (18 documents, National Security Archive)

‘The Iraq War: Shaping the Debate’ (21 documents, National Security Archive)

‘U.S. and British Documents Give No Indication Alternatives Were Seriously Considered’ (National Security Archive, 1 October 2010)

‘U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research Intelligence Assessment, “Europe: Key Views on Iraqi Threat and Next Steps,” 18 December 2001’ (National Security Archive)

UK oil company-government meetings, 2002-04 (5 documents,


1963 coup

Mark Curtis, The massacres in Iraq, 1963 (Extract from Unpeople, 2004)

War against Kurds, 1960s

Mark Curtis, Iraq’s attack on the Kurds, 1963-65 (Extract from Unpeople, 2004)

Saddam Hussein

‘Thatcher govt didn’t oppose Saddam’s chemical weapons program, declassified papers show’ (RT, 3 July 2015)

2003 invasion

‘“The fix is in”: How the Blair Government Helped U.K. Companies Profit From the Iraq War’ (In These Times, 15 August 2016)

‘Former MI6 chief “slapped down” for Iraq gaffe’ (Times, 31 July 2016)

‘MI6: Iraq War “Inextricably Tied” to Israel’ (New Observer, 6 July 2016)

‘Iraq Inquiry Shows Oil Was a Consideration for U.K. Before War’ (Bloomberg, 6 July 2016)

‘The CIA Just Declassified the Document That Supposedly Justified the Iraq Invasion’ (Vice News, 19 March 2015)

‘Iraq invasion was about oil’ (Nafeez Ahmed, Guardian, 20 March 2014)

‘So was it a war for oil?’ (, 20 March 2013)

‘Iraqi oil supply was considered to be “vital” to British interests’ (Independent, 20 April 2011)

‘Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq’ (Independent, 19 April 2011)

‘WikiLeaks cable reveals secret pledge to protect US at Iraq inquiry’ (Guardian, 30 November 2010)

‘Revealed: how MI6 sold the Iraq war’ (Times, 28 December 2003)

‘To Start A War With Iraq’ (Independent, 9 February 2003)



‘MI6 made secret plan for anti-Saddam coup in December 2001’ (Independent, 13 May 2011)




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