19 Apr '11, 9pm

Exposed Memo Reveals Definite Ties Between Big Oil and Iraq Invasion: Photo credit: US Army ... th.bp #green #USRC

Exposed Memo Reveals Definite Ties Between Big Oil and Iraq Invasion: Photo credit: US Army ... th.bp #green #USRC

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 ... Five months before the March 2003 invasion, Baroness Symons, then the Trade Minister, told BP that the Government believed British energy firms should be given a share of Iraq's enormous oil and gas reserves as a reward for Tony Blair's military commitment to US plans for regime change. The papers show that Lady Symons agreed to lobby the Bush administration on BP's behalf because the oil giant feared it was being "locked out" of deals that Washington was quietly striking with US, French and Russian governments and their energy firms. Minutes of a meeting with BP, Shell and BG (formerly British Gas) on 31 October 2002 read: "Baroness Symons agreed that it would be diffic...

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