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Tidligere «stattholder» i Irak, Paul Bremer, sier amerikanerne ikke var forberedt på noe opprør etter at Saddam var styrtet.

Paul Bremer, who led the U.S. civilian occupation authority in Iraq after the 2003 invasion, has admitted the United States did not anticipate the insurgency in the country, NBC Television said on Friday.

Bremer, interviewed by the network in connection with release of his book on Iraq, recounted the decision to disband the Iraqi army quickly after arriving in Baghdad, a move many experts consider a major miscalculation.

When asked who was to blame for the subsequent Iraqi rebellion, in which thousands of Iraqis and Americans have died, Bremer said «we really didn’t see the insurgency coming,» the network said in a news release.

The network, which did not publish a transcript of the interview, added that Bremer’s comments suggested «the focus of the war effort was in the wrong place.»

The book, «My Year in Iraq: The Struggle to Build a Future of Hope,» is due for release on Monday. The interview will air on «Dateline NBC» on Sunday night.

Bremer also said he was deeply concerned about fighting insurgents and «became increasingly worried about the Pentagon’s push to downsize the number of U.S. forces in Iraq by spring 2004,» the network said.

Bremer said he raised his concerns about the numbers and quality of forces with President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and senior military officials.(reuters)