British Inquiry Finds Iraq War 'Went Badly Wrong'
The invasion of Iraq 13 years ago by an American- and British-led coalition was “unnecessary” and Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein represented “no imminent threat” to Britain or the Western powers, according to a long-awaited official report into Britain's involvement in the Iraq War.
The inquiry led by John Chilcot, a former top British civil servant, heaped blame on politicians, intelligence officials, diplomats and generals for their role in the invasion and for the conduct of the years-long military operations by Britain’s forces, mainly in the south of Iraq.
In a scathing appraisal, Chilcot told a news conference in London that the planning and conduct of the military intervention was seriously flawed and “went badly wrong, with consequences to this day.” He referenced the recent suicide bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that left more than 250 people dead.
Protests Erupt After Louisiana Man Shot by Police
Protests erupted in Louisiana Tuesday after a video of a man being shot and killed by a police officer outside a convenience store was made public.
Alton Sterling, 37, suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back, according to the autopsy report.
Two officers responded to an anonymous caller who said someone was selling CDs and had threatened him with a gun outside the store. A brief altercation ensued when the officers arrived. The store owner, Abdul Muflahi, told local media that one officer tackled Sterling, and when he resisted, the second officer shot him "four to six times".
Sterling, father of five, died at the scene.
Police have not released what lead to the situation's escalation. They also have not confirmed that a video shot on a witness's phone is of the incident in question. Both officers have been put on administrative leave.
The video corresponds to Muflahi's testimony, showing the victim being wrestled to the ground and shot. The police officer in question is heard saying "If you f****** move I swear to God" before firing his gun.