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Reevaluating the Falklands War

A new book offers a different take on why the war was fought and when it was planned.
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Falklands veterans march in London, on June 17, 2007. (Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands was plotted months earlier than thought, according to a new book.

The military junta was in danger of losing control of the country, and believed invading the British-controlled island offered the only hope of bringing "cohesion to society and the country," says the book "1982" by Juan B Yoffre, a former Argentine intelligence chief.

Excerpts of the book were published in the Argentine press:

The recovery of the Malvinas, South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands was not the consequence of the South Georgia incident (ironmongers who planted an Argentine flag in the island) as has been said for decades, but rather the result of a decision from the Argentine military Junta to save the so called Nation Re-organization process which at the end of 1981, was clearly exhausted.

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