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Blood for oil?

In 2003, Shell said rumours that it had met with the government to discuss Iraq’s oil reserves were ‘highly inaccurate’ while then BP chief executive Lord Browne said: ‘It is not in my or BP’s opinion, a war about oil’. Yet Baroness Symons, then the Trade Minister, met with officials from BP, Shell and BG (previously British Gas) on October 31 2002, some five months before the invasion of Iraq.

Telling the truth? Tony Blair said oil conspiracies about the Iraq war were ‘absurd’ but leaked documents have revealed ministers met with BP and Shell about Iraqi oil before the invasion

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:47 PM on 19th April 2011

Blood for oil? Documents reveal talks between Government and oil giants BEFORE invasion of Iraq??

Opponents of the Iraq war always insisted oil had a part to play in the 2003 invasion, whatever Western leaders claimed about their desire for regime change. read more

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Secret memos expose link between oil firms and invasion of Iraq


By Paul Bignall

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world’s largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq, government documents show.

Iraq’s burgeoning oil industry: Click HERE to upload graphic (160k)

The papers, revealed here for the first time, raise new questions over Britain’s involvement in the war, which had divided Tony Blair’s cabinet and was voted through only after his claims that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. read more

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UK held talks with oil firms before Iraq invasion -paper

LONDON, April 19 | Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:29pm EDT

(Reuters) – Britain discussed plans to exploit Iraq’s oil reserves with some of the world’s biggest oil companies five months before it joined the United States in invading the country, the Independent newspaper said on Tuesday.

Citing documents it said were obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request by campaigner and author Greg Muttitt, the newspaper said at least five meetings were held between government officials and oil majors BP (BP.L) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDSa.L) in October and November 2002. read more

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