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SHOWDOWN WITH IRAQ

The latest developments

March 18, 2003|Los Angeles Times

Monday: President Bush gives Iraqi President Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave his country or face war. "Peaceful efforts to disarm the Iraq regime have failed again and again because we are not dealing with peaceful men," Bush said. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell talked with other Security Council members, but a doomed resolution to authorize military force was abandoned. Analysts said American action without U.N. backing may signal an end to working within global institutions formed immediately after World War II. Iraqis loaded up supplies or made plans to flee. Also leaving were weapons inspectors and some journalists.

Today: Turkey will again discuss and possibly vote on whether to allow American troops to use its territory to open a northern front against Iraq. It previously decided against giving its permission.

This week: Bush will ask Congress to approve money -- possibly as much as $100 billion -- to finance war and reconstruction in Iraq.

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