The Telegraph newspaper stated that the British general who led troops into Basra during the Iraq War has said the UK was unprepared for the aftermath of the fighting and controversial Snatch Land Rovers were not up to protecting soldiers against Iraqi bombs.
Maj Gen Graham Binns, commander of the 7th Armored Brigade, Desert Rats, at the time, said Britain “over promised and under delivered” trying to stabilise southern Iraq.
The newspaper added that the long awaited Iraq Inquiry report by Sir John Chilcot into British involvement in the war is next week expected to strongly criticize Army leaders and politicians for failures during the campaign.
He said: “We were inadequately prepared both physically and mentally for the aftermath of the war fighting.”
The Telegraph last week reported that Sir John will criticize senior Army figures for being too slow to replace Land Rovers with better protected vehicles after scores of soldiers were killed or wounded.