Straw's troop advice
Jack Straw has confirmed that he told Tony Blair just days before the Iraq war that British troops could have been kept out of the invasion. Mr Straw told the Iraq Inquiry that a "perfectly straightforward alternative" to war was to keep troops nearby and help with any postwar effort just like the Spanish and Italian armed forces.
Mr Straw was the last person to give evidence in public to the Iraq Inquiry, and Sir John Chilcot said it would take "some months" to produce his final report on the Iraq war.
Mr Straw claimed he had had "no doubt" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he was far from alone in this conviction. According to Mr Straw, "no-one was saying he hadn't got this stuff" in the run-up to the 2003 invasion.
Mr Straw also insisted that "contrary to popular myth" the Cabinet had been full of people who "thought for themselves", rather than simply following Tony Blair's lead on military action.
The former Foreign Secretary added that containment was always the Government's strategy up to the time they went to war: "Containing and removing the problem of Saddam's failure to comply with UN obligations - containment remained the overall strategy of the Government right up to the time when we decided to take military action."
Mr Straw also described the idea of a nuclear attack on Iran as 'nuts' and expressed his unease at the 'Axis of Evil' trio outlined by George W Bush in the run-up to the Iraq invasion, saying bracketing Iran with Iraq and North Korea would undermine Tehran's efforts to reach out to the West.