Originally created 02/04/03

Key developments concerning Iraq



Developments in the Iraq crisis:

- Photographs of mobile biological weapons installations and transcripts of overheard conversations among Iraqi officials are part of the evidence Secretary of State Colin Powell will present to convince allies that Saddam Hussein is defying the United Nations, an administration official said.

- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Saddam's time is running out. "Eight weeks have now passed since Saddam was given his final chance," he told the House of Commons. "The evidence of cooperation withheld is unmistakable."

- Blair hoped to persuade French President Jacques Chirac to support a second Security Council resolution seen as the go-ahead for use of force against Iraq. They meet Tuesday.

- Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow with Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi and said a new U.N. Security Council resolution might be needed if weapons inspectors are not satisfied with Iraq's cooperation.

- Turkish Prime Minister Abdullah Gul said he would ask parliament this week to allow foreign troops in his country - a motion that could open the way for basing U.S. troops for war in neighboring Iraq.

- Kuwait's two main American schools announced they are shutting their doors from Feb. 10 to March 22, and foreign companies considered evacuating personnel in anticipation of a possible U.S.-led attack on Iraq.

- A third U.S. Navy aircraft carrier reached striking distance of Iraq, joining the USS Constellation and the USS Harry S. Truman, and a fourth will head there soon, defense officials said.

- The U.S. Army started training a group of Iraqis opposed to Saddam for support roles in the event of war.

- Iraq plans to keep producing and exporting oil if the United States wages war, Iraqi Deputy Oil Minister Hussein al-Hudaithi told The Associated Press.

- Australian Prime Minister John Howard, a strong supporter of the U.S. hard line on Iraq, said he will go to Washington, New York and London next week for talks about the crisis with President Bush, the United Nations and Blair.