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Butler Report, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishButler Report, thethe Butler ReportˈButler Reˌport, the (also the Butler Review)  a report which was prepared for the British Government by a committee led by Lord Butler, an important civil servant, and which was published in July 2004. The Government had asked Butler to examine the intelligence (=information about the secret activities of government, the military plans of an enemy etc) about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction on which the government had based its decision to join a coalition (=group of armies from different countries) led by the US which invaded Iraq in 2003. The report said that important intelligence had been unreliable (=could not be trusted) and that the Intelligence Service which had advised the government had not checked its sources (=the people it got information from) carefully enough.
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