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Iraq crisis: Britain must pick its battles with care

"To claim that Britain and the US left Iraq a better place in 2003 is delusional"

By Dominic Raab  

The oil refinery in Beiji, Iraq, has been a key battleground in the conflict © /AP/Press Association Images

As jihadist rebels reportedly capture an oil refinery near Baghdad, the divisive Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki wants military support to see off a fresh terrorist insurgency. Tony Blair’s call for Britain to return to the fray was punctured by the assessment of the former head of the armed forces, Lord Richards, who said on Monday that the British armed forces are “not good enough” to combat the threat of…

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