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Sweden 'helped US bomb Iraq in 2003': report

3 Sep 2012, 09:12

Published: 03 Sep 2012 09:12 GMT+02:00

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According to a report in the Expressen newspaper, which obtained previously classified documents from the US military's Central Command, a Swedish intelligence agency helped US war planners determine which targets to hit in a bombing raid to be carried out in March 2003.

Specifically, the US military was interested in learning more about Swedish-built bunkers in the Iraqi capital as the Pentagon suspected that one bunker, which was officially a safe room for civilians, may have also been used by the Iraqi military or the country's leaders.

The document explains that the US military obtained data about the bunkers through "intelligence exchanged with Sweden and the U.S.".

Last autumn, Expressen reported that high-ranking US military experts made a secret visit to Sweden in January/February 2003 to meet with officials from Swedish military intelligence agency MUST, reportedly to discuss the bunkers.

The revelations prompted a Swedish prosecutor to launch a preliminary investigation into whether a single employee with MUST gave secret information to the Americans.

However, the probe was shuttered after the prosecutor concluded that no espionage had taken place.

At the time of the Swedish-US intelligence cooperation detailed in the document, Sweden's Social Democrat-led government had pronounced its opposition to any invasion that wasn't sanctioned by the United Nations.

Following the March 20, 2003 bombing raid which marked the start of the Iraq War, then Swedish prime minister criticized the US-led invasion as "unfortunate".

"For starters, they acted without the support of the international community," he said the day after the attack, according to Expressen.

"Unlike the United States, Sweden views a military attack on Iraq without the support of the UN Security Council as a breach of human rights."

Revelations that a Swedish intelligence agency was aiding the United States conduct a military operation which had been condemned by the Swedish government prompted former Left Party leader Lars Ohly to call for a further probe into the matter.

"If Sweden facilitated an attack, that would be very strange," he told Expressen.

"If a Swedish agency acted without the government's knowledge or permission, that's serious because that means the government doesn't have control over its public agencies."

Former Prime Minister Göran Persson told Expressen he "has no recollection" of being informed about intelligence cooperation between Sweden and the United States in the lead up to the Iraq war.

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Political scientist Ulf Bjereld said the claims made in the Expressen report touch on "an important issue which must be examined".

"If it's a question of MUST offering the sort of information indicated in the document, it's important to know of it happened after MUST interpreted instructions themselves, or if the government gave the go ahead," Bjereld told Expressen.

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14:09 September 3, 2012 by themoron
themoron says: No kidding! That never happens in Sweden. Sweden never helped the Nazis. Never, never, never. Sweden never obeys US orders. Never, never, never. Everything is a lie, a BIG LIE to discredit the good reputation Sweden has all over the world as a NEUTRAL country.
18:34 September 3, 2012 by Gjeebes
Haha, the first time I ever agreed with a (god) morron! It's quite amusing how Sweden promotes itself as such a "place" "of" "equality" etc etc, blah blah. They owe it all to their Yankie PR company, but oops, I guess they forgot to bury that one! Just ask non-caucasian looking folk how they get on with the "neutral" Swedes.

I wonder what percentage of the GDP Sweden's weapons industry comprises, being the LARGEST weapons industry in all of Europe. Colleagues have told with much smugness and pride how Sweden was neutral in WWII. I'm not sure which was more difficult, trying not to laugh or refraining from mentioning that Sweden manufactured and sold weapons to whomever would pay for them during WWII. Roads in the south were used as landing strips for German LuftWaffe, so come on already! It's like finding out they were making weapons deals with the Saudi's...of course they were, no one is shooting any more in Libya! On to Syria next I suppose, bound to be some big blood kronor there!
18:39 September 3, 2012 by prince T
Comment: This is not news to me. Carl Bildt made millions from d war
19:26 September 3, 2012 by Eric1
Obama leaking more national secrets. This man has done more damage to America than any one person in history.
00:27 September 4, 2012 by Onepack
Why would anyone be surprised by this reality. One only needs to remember that "little Sweden" is the 7th largest exporter of military hardware in the world. Such hypocrite... but at least they're RICH hypocrites!
15:44 September 4, 2012 by themoron
themoron says:

Not RICH hypocrites. RICH morons too! Oops! I shot my foot!

And what about the Goran Persson who was the Prime Minister at the time? I read that he does not remember anything. Yes, of course. Alzheimer plays chess with him. He is, at least for me, the biggest of the hypocrites.

The Swedish planes used in Lybia, have been tuned up. They are ready to be used to recognize the situation in Syria. The report will be send to the CIA and the Peace Prize Winner will then decide when, where and how he will attck Syria, so he can show the world that Syria, too, had weapons of mass destruction. Carl Bildt will sanction the report so that it looks less suspicious. You know. One of his specialities.

After this, mister ho, ho, hobama will be nominated for another Peace Prize. This time because he delivered what he promised, especially a better world with no war conflicts.

In the meantime, since for Sweden there is no show like show business, the Circus Assange i still alive.

Fortunately, there have been NO LIES in this case. ZERO LIES. Well, Sweden says so, so what can you do. You have to believe what Sweden says, otherwise, the one who does not agree on this, might be charged for rape, for consensual sex, for breaking condoms, for allowing the police to manipulate declarations, etc, etc.

The motto: "Sweden never lies. Sweden, the Capital of the World".
18:32 September 7, 2012 by tadchem
If Sweden facilitated an attack on the Saddam Hussein regime, the Free World thanks you!
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