Fifteen years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the consequences of the subsequent war continue to be debated. According to the UN refugee agency, more than four million people have been displaced. There is no widely accepted figure for civilian deaths, but estimates run from the hundreds of thousands into the millions.
“Would we like a do-over, of course we would,” says Mark Kimmitt, retired US Brigadier General who served as deputy director of operations and chief military spokesman in Iraq from 2003 to 2004.
While Kimmitt accepts the US “did get some things wrong” in Iraq, he says his country’s military has nothing to apologise for.
Actions taken by the US at the beginning of the war continue to have reverberating consequences, including allegations that US detention centres such as Camp Buccabecame breeding grounds for armed groups in Iraq, and helped to lay the groundwork for the formation of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS)…
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