December 22, 2002
week saw the pressure on Saddam Hussein turning up a
conclusion of the Iraqi opposition conference,
which resulted in a blue-print for Iraq's democratisation
and a follow up committee which is set to meet in northern
Iraq in the Kurdish safe haven on January 15, 2003
Blix declaring Iraq's dossier as having "nothing new" and having
Powell stating Iraq is in "material breach" of UN
Security Council Resolution 1441, which means the campaign
to oust Saddam's regime can start as soon as preparations
are ready. He also listed the aims of a war with Saddam,
which included minimising casualties and liberating
the Iraqi people
has cancelled a trip to Africa
that was scheduled from 10th-17th of January to concentrate
for war have intensified with the US carrying out the
largest live-fire exercise in the region
since the Gulf War only miles away from Iraq's border.
forces have started dropping leaflets and making radio broadcasts
over Iraq urging Iraqis to rise against Saddam. The
war to overthrow Saddam's regime is likely to start
with the US bombing Iraq from the sky followed by an
Iraqi uprising which will then
control the streets.
there are several possible triggers for war, the most
likely involving Iraqi scientists - either from the
information disclosed by them on Saddam's WMD programme
or a row over interviewing them.
January 27, 2003 is likely
to be decision day when weapons inspectors submit their
first report to the Security Council, and military action
will start soon after. Tony Blair has already told British forces to be prepared
for war, with some already at the front line.
part of political preparations for war to oust Saddam,
Tony Blair has invited Palestinian leaders for a conference in London to re-launch
the peace process.