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Main findings of report examining Britain's Iraq intelligence

LONDON—Lord Butler of Brockwell, 66, a career civil servant under five prime ministers and who served as the Cabinet secretary and head civil servant, led the inquiry into prewar British intelligence on Iraq. These were the main findings of his report:

_Mistakes were made in the intelligence gathering and presentation process leading up to the war against Iraq.

_No individuals were to blame for those mistakes, however, as they were collective in nature.

_The mistakes stem primarily from the fact that "Iraq was a very difficult target."

_British intelligence relied on only two sources for two-thirds of its information for a September 2002 intelligence dossier used to justify the war.

_Weapons of mass destruction weren't stockpiled in Iraq, though biological and chemical weapons agents may yet be hidden in the country, perhaps even buried in the sand.

_The dossier left out caveats and warnings about the possible weaknesses of the intelligence information.


(c) 2004, Knight Ridder/Tribune Information Services.