FORMER Defence chief General Peter Cosgrove has apologised to Federal Police boss Mick Keelty and now admits that the Iraq war has boosted global terrorism.
Just days before the launch of his autobiography My Story, General Cosgrove told The Sunday Telegraph that his comments criticising Mr Keelty's view that the Iraq war had inspired terrorist attacks in Spain, were made just days after the event.
"At that time I just felt that call could not be made," he said.
"Things have moved on. I have got no reason to argue the weighty assessments that I am seeing.
"If people say that there has been an energising of the jihadist movement through the protracted war in Iraq - well that's pretty obvious."