RUSI JournalVolume 154Issue 4

The 1917 Mesopotamia Commission: Britain's First Iraq Inquiry

How much has been learnt since 1917, when British military operations in Iraq were last scrutinised by a public inquiry?

As an inquiry opens into the conduct of the Iraq War, Andrew Syk explores how much has been learnt since the British surrender at Kut-al-Amara, in what is now modern-day Iraq. The Commission’s findings, citing lack of strategic transport and equipment for troops as causal factors in the failure, bear striking similarities to problems facing the British military today.
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