UK apologises over failure to warn BA before hostage crisis

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The UK government on Tuesday apologised for not warning British Airways that Iraq was about to invade Kuwait before one of its flights was caught up in a hostage drama in 1990. Passengers on BA flight 149 were taken off the Kuala Lumpur-bound plane when it landed in the Gulf state on August 2 that year, hours after Saddam Hussein’s troops swept in. Some of the 367 passengers and crew spent more than four months in captivity, including as human shields at the hands of the Iraqi dictator. The former hostages have long sought answers about what the government in London knew and when, as well as w…

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