June 19, 2002 |
President Bush has reportedly authorized the CIA to use all of the means at its disposal--including U.S. military special operations forces and CIA paramilitary teams--to eliminate Iraq's Saddam Hussein. According to reports, the CIA is to view any such plan as "preparatory" for a larger military strike. Congressional leaders from both parties have greeted these reports with enthusiasm. In their rush to be seen as embracing the president's hard-line stance on Iraq, however, almost no one in Congress has questioned why a supposedly covert operation would be made public, thus undermining the very mission it was intended to accomplish.
February 26, 2002 |
Iraq's foreign minister will meet with U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan in New York next week to discuss Security Council demands for weapons inspections, U.N. officials announced Monday. "The secretary-general expects to have a focused discussion on the implementation of the relevant Security Council resolutions, including the return of U.N. weapons inspectors to Iraq," a U.N. spokesman said. The meeting with Annan was formally requested by Iraq and the Arab League last month.
January 1, 2002 |
Gulf Arab states urged neighboring Iraq on Monday to allow U.N. weapon inspectors back into the country or risk more tension in the Middle East. The leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council also called on Iraq to show goodwill toward its neighbors and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kuwait, which Baghdad invaded in 1990 before being driven out seven months later by a U.S.-led multinational force.
December 1, 2000 |
Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tarik Aziz rejected any new dispatch of U.N. weapon inspectors to his country, but he said Baghdad would hold talks with the United Nations. Aziz's comments to reporters in Moscow, at the end of a two-day visit to Russia, followed talks at the U.N. aimed at resuming inspections and lifting sanctions imposed on Baghdad a decade ago. U.N. officials had said they hoped Iraq would agree to let inspectors return to Baghdad.
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March 25, 1999 |
Congressional opponents of the Clinton administration are challenging its support for the U.N.'s oil-for-food deal with Iraq; some want to arm Iraqi opposition groups to accelerate the demise of Saddam Hussein. This advice may be dangerous. If the assumptions propelling this advice and current U.S.
November 26, 1998 |
The United Nations will bring new inspection teams to Iraq within days to carry out searches, a U.N. spokeswoman said Wednesday, in what will probably pose a major test to Iraq's promise to cooperate with U.N. inspectors. U.N. teams have carried out more than a week of visits since Iraq relented Nov. 14 and allowed them to resume their work after a two-week hiatus. So far, Iraq has cooperated with the searches.