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[Correspondence] Lessons from the Iraq war: more aggressive peace building needed

In November, 2002, the UK-based public health charity Medact published a groundbreaking health-impact assessment of a possible war against Iraq, which at the time was being advocated by the USA. The first line of the report stated: “the threatened war on Iraq could have disastrous short, medium and long-term consequences not only for the Iraqi population and its neighbours, but also further afield”.1