Originally created 03/03/03

Key developments concerning Iraq



Developments in the Iraq crisis on Sunday:

- A top member of Turkey's governing party rejected a quick new vote on letting U.S. troops use the country to open a northern front against Iraq - a second harsh blow to U.S. war planners in as many days after Turkey's parliament rejected the U.S. deployment.

- Turkey's prime minister said parliament's failure to approve the deployment shouldn't jeopardize the relationship between Ankara and Washington, and warned Iraq not to try to capitalize on the vote.

- Iraq destroyed six more Al Samoud 2 missiles Sunday but warned it may suspend the destruction program, ordered by the United Nations, if Washington indicates it will go to war anyway.

- Inspectors take samples of materials inside eight bombs recovered by Iraq at al-Aziziya, an abandoned helicopter airfield 60 miles southeast of Baghdad where Iraq says it destroyed R-400 bombs filled with biological weapons in 1991.

- An Iraqi scientist refused to give an interview with weapons inspectors, who spoke to a biological expert a day earlier. Two other scientists on Saturday refused to be interviewed without a tape recorder or witness.

- The United Arab Emirates pressed ahead with its proposal that Arab countries persuade Saddam Hussein to step down to avert war. It submitted the proposal to a forum of Persian Gulf nations, seeking their backing.