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 Tuesday, March 11, 2003

  The War in Iraq - The Countdown to the Vote

Flags are being lowered, sensitive documents shredded and sandbags erected as most of the remaining foreign embassies in Baghdad prepare to evacuate the capital ahead of an expected U.S. onslaught.

Halliburton, one of the companies in the running for the highly profitable deals, was formerly headed by the US vice-president, Dick Cheney. Halliburton has already been awarded a lucrative contract to resurrect the Iraqi oilfields if there is a war.

The Africans are keeping their options open up to the 11th hour to allow Paris and London to make a final pitch over a new resolution authorising force against Iraq

China has toughened its anti-war stance with President Jiang Zemin telling US counterpart George W Bush the international community has a consensus on Iraq and the issue must be resolved through the Security Council.

War protests hit the stage of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

THE Pentagon has enlisted Hollywood to help to present its daily briefings to the world. Fresh from the latest Michael Douglas film, one of Tinseltown’s top art directors has been hired to create a $200,000 (£125,000) set for General Tommy Franks and other American commanders to give daily updates

US Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (D-Va.) said Jews are pushing War

US President George W Bush refused to accept a message from Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein promising to cooperate with the United States provided he was left in power, an Arab newspaper has reported.The pan-Arab Asharq Al-Awsat said the letter was to have been passed on by Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani at a brief meeting with Bush on Friday.

A veteran US diplomat resigned today in protest over US policy toward Iraq, becoming the second career foreign service officer to do so in the past month.John Brown, who joined the State Department in 1981, said he resigned because he could not support Washington's Iraq policy, which he said was fomenting a massive rise in anti-US sentiment around the world.

A senior Australian intelligence officer has quit in protest over Australia's support for a possible war against Iraq.Andrew Wilkie, a senior analyst at the Office of National Assessments (ONA), says the Australian Government's policy on Iraq is "dumb" and "not worth the risk".

Powell, Rice refuse to back down on spurious nuclear claims

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