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By Yasser Alaskary
December 15, 2002

  • In a show of unity the Iraqi opposition finally holds a conference in London, after three opposition leaders met in Iran. The opposition agree on a political blueprint for Iraq after Saddam is ousted including a federal democracy, to refuse foreign guardianship and occupation, and Islam as the official state religion.

  • The military build-up to oust Saddam's regime intensifies as a computerised test run of the war is launched in Qatar and Hungary is asked to host around 2,400 Iraqi exiles for training to prepare them for a post-Saddam Iraq.

  • To shore up Turkey's support for action Bush hosts the political leader Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamic-related party now heads the government, and agree on using Turkey's airbases to attack Saddam while senators visit Turkey.

  • In gathering support for military action, Germany now agrees to participate in any NATO operations against Saddam, and the US looks to Asia for support.

  • America denounces Iraq's dossier, but this is unlikely to be enough. Testimonies from Iraqi scientists is the more likely trigger for military action.

  • Saddam signals he has given up hope for support from his usual allies as he exposes suppliers of dangerous arms and cancels an oil deal with Russia. And, in a bid to make sure Iraqi generals do not carry out orders to launch chemical or biological attacks, the US threatens to use nuclear retaliation.

 

© 2007 Iraqi Prospect Organisation
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