Blair told Iraq had no WMD

Gordon Rayner; 27/11/09

Former British prime minister Tony Blair received intelligence that Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction had been ”dismantled” 10 days before Britain invaded Iraq, the Chilcot inquiry has been told. The British Foreign Office did not believe Iraq had nuclear missiles, but Mr Blair told Parliament Saddam was still a threat to the Middle East with chemical and biological weapons that could be launched at 45 minutes’ notice. But Sir William Ehrman, the director of international security at the Foreign Office from 2000 to 2002, told the inquiry into the Iraq war: ”We were getting, in the very final days before military action, some [intelligence] on chemical and biological weapons that they were dismantled and [Saddam] might not have the munitions to deliver it.”