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Newer Articles: Since April 1, 2001

Volunteers Leave for ‘Jerusalem Army’
Mar. 13, 2001 - Various groups of the supposedly 7-million-strong volunteer 'Jerusalem Army' from Iraq have left their families to start training. They have answered Saddam Hussein's call to liberate the Palestinians and wrest Jerusalem from Israel.
Source: U.S.Defense.com - (Story no longer online)

UN: IRAQ STILL HAS NONCONVENTIONAL ARMS
Mar. 4, 2001 - A UN report claims that Saddam Hussein still has hidden SCUD missiles, able to travel 600 kilometers, hidden launchers, and that it has chemical and biological weapons.
This includes hundreds of artillery shells filled with mustard gas and anthrax agents. The report said up to 800 such artillery shells remain unaccounted for by the UN.
Source:Middle East News - (Story no longer online)

Saddam's bomb
Mar. 3, 2001 - Investigative film maker Gwynne Roberts documents evidence that Saddam Hussein had tested a Hiroshima-type nuclear bomb in 1989, before the Gulf War. The bomb was built with uranium obtained from South Africa.
Source: BBC

Powell Urges Mideast Leaders to Focus on Saddam
Feb. 28, 2001 - Secretary of State Colin Powell is meeting many Arab leaders, but is finding them more hostile to Israel and the United States than they used to be.
The Bush Administration appears bent on rebuilding an anti-Saddam alliance among Arab countries, especially to forestall Baghdad's acquisition of non-conventional weapons systems. Powell insisted on Saturday, "The message I intend to convey to all the leaders with whom I meet and to the Arab public is that our problem is in Baghdad."
Source: Worthy News - from International Christian Embassy Jerusalem - (Story no longer online)

Iraqis step up secret Russian weapons trade
Feb. 26, 2001 - In obvious efforts to attract more Russian weapons assistance, Saddam Hussein has expanded its embassys to Russia and Belarus. The leader of the military intelligence bureau attached to the embassy in Moscow will be Brig Saadi Mohammed Subhi. Subhi's background is air defence.
Source: Prophezine - from Electronic Telegraph - (Story no longer online)

Israelis rush to service gas masks
Feb. 20, 2001 - In spite of assurances from Prime Minister Barak and the recent tests of Patriot anti-missile missiles in Israel, there is a 100% increase in the number of citizens wanting to prepare for a possible attack by Iraq.
“I’m sure that Saddam has got something horrible in his factories and it will only take one Scud to kill huge numbers of us with a biological weapon,” Ronit Millstein, a 23-year-old shop assistant, said. “I’m getting my gas mask organised whatever, Patriots or no Patriots.”
Source: The Times (UK) - (Story no longer online)

Special Report- Iraq
Updated regularly
Source: The Guardian

Reaction to Iraq Air Strikes
Feb. 17, 2001 - World reaction to U.S. and British air strikes near Baghdad is generally negative, despite the fact that UN sanctions still call for such measures.
Source: CNN - (Story no longer online)

With Money for 'Martyrs,' Iraq invests in Image
Jan. 31, 2001 - A representative from Iraq's government shows up at each home where a Palestinian has been killed, to present a $10,000 reward for martyrdom.
Source: Washington Post

Saddam has made two atomic bombs, says Iraqi defector
Jan. 29, 2001 - According to an Iranian defector who says he helped, oversee the completion of the nuclear weapons program, bombs are being built in Hemrin in north-eastern Iraq, near the Iranian border. Last week he said:
"There are at least two nuclear bombs which are ready for use. Before the UN inspectors came, there were 47 factories involved in the project. Now there are 64."
The defector is a military engineer who fled Iraq a year after United Nations arms inspectors left the country.
Source: Electronic Telegraph - (Story no longer online)

The Rehabilitation of Saddam
Jan. 24, 2001 - Hal Lindsey reviews the change of heart of most of the world toward Iraq. Whereas there were 34 nations in a coalition against Saddam Hussein's aggression in the Gulf War ten years ago, now only the United States and Britain try to maintain the U.N. Sanctions against Iraq. Those sanctions were never lifted because they required that Iraq allow inspectors to insure that there were no more weapons of mass destruction. Instead, the inspectors have been kicked out, it is common knowledge that Iraq has enough biological and chemical warfare to destroy the planet, and they are still developing nuclear weapons.
Source: WorldNetDaily

Saddam Hussein calls Arab countries to enable his army to pass through to fight Israel
Jan. 18, 2001 - On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Gulf War, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein again threatened to annihilate Israel and establish a "Palestine state from the river to the sea."
Many Palestinians consider Saddam a hero for resisting the powerful U.S.-led military coalition which ejected Iraqi troops who had invaded neighboring Kuwait. Palestinian babies are named after him.
Source: Ha'Aretz
- (Story no longer online)

The Unfinished War: A Decade Since Desert Storm
Jan. 16, 2001- Ten years after the Gulf War, Saddam Hussein is still in power, and even more amazingly, is considered a hero and leader by some elements of the Arab world. Iraq has not recovered from the crippling effects of the Gulf War's strikes against their roads, utilities and water supplies. The people suffer, and babies die from disease and malnutrition, but Saddam is still standing.
Source: CNN Special Report, hosted by Brent Sadler - (Story no longer online)

Other Gulf War Anniversary Stories:
Saddam savages Gulf War enemies - BBC

Saddam's son goes public against father's government
Jan. 7, 2000 - Uday Hussein, Saddam's oldest son, criticized his father's policy of indirectly importing goods from Israel.
Some interpret this bold action as further evidence that Saddam may be dead or very ill.
Saddam did not appear on Iraq's Army Day when the the entire Iraqi leadership gathered to lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Baghdad. Instead, he appeared on television with a speech that could have been made before.
Source: WorldTribune - (Story no longer online)

Saddam 'May Be Dead' - Egyptian Intelligence
Jan. 3, 2001 - Iraq has denied that Saddam Hussein suffered a stroke, but Egyptian security sources believe he may even be dead.
The Iraqi dictator has not been seen since a New Year’s Day parade when he was shown on Iraqi TV firing his gun into the air. Reports say he was taking the salute from his military when he collapsed.
Sky News sources in Baghdad say that while all is quiet on the streets of the Iraqi capital there has been increased troop movement around Saddam’s presidential palace.
Source: Prophezine - from Sky News - (Story no longer online)

Saddam 'in hospital after stroke'
Jan. 2, 2001 - Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, 63, was rushed to a Baghdad hospital late on Sunday, apparently suffering from a severe stroke. Earlier in the day he had presided over the biggest New Year's Day parade in Iraq in 10 years.
Source:smh.com

Iraq Still Working On Nuclear Bomb
Dec. 24, 2000 - According to the British newspaper, The Sunday Times, a defector from Iraq, now in Jordan, says that Iraq is still working on a nuclear bomb.
The Sunday Times identifies the 39-year-old Iraqi dissident as Salman Yassin Zweir who says he worked as a design engineer for Iraq's Atomic Energy Commission. Mr. Zweir says he was instructed two years ago to return to his work at the commission even before U-N inspectors had left the country. When he refused, he was arrested and tortured.
Source: Federation of American Scientists

Why Iraq's buying up Sony PlayStation 2s
Dec. 19, 2000 - The popular video game machines have powerful graphics capabilities, and could be bundled together to form a crude supercomputer.
Source: WorldNetDaily - (Story no longer online)

U.S. Suggests Iraq Is Developing Long-Range Missiles
Dec. 13, 2000 - U.S. officials report that they believe that Iraq, during this long period of time with no U.N. inspections, is developing nuclear weapons and long-range missiles to deliver weapons of mass destruction.
Source: Middle East Newsline - (Story no longer online)

Iraq halts oil exports
Dec. 1, 2000 - Iraq has halted oil production, causing an immediate hike in crude oil prices. This is the latest action by Iraq to defy U.N. sanctions.
Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said Washington was ready to release more oil from its strategic petroleum reserve, and would do so quickly if needed.
Source: BBC

Foreigners flock in as Saddam mocks sanctions
Nov. 4, 2000 - The UN trade embargo against Iraq is nearly dead as people flood into Baghdad for the largest trade fair in the country since the Gulf War. Rising oil prices and lucrative contracts have lured many countries, including members of the UN Security Council. The Palestinian struggle in Israel has caused Arab nations to warm up toward Saddam. And his plans to switch the currency of payment for oil from US Dolalrs to the Euro have endeared him to some European leaders.
Source: The Timess (UK) - (Story no longer online)

Saddam's female assassin squads Dispatched to Denmark to kill, maim Kurdish refugees, defectors on the run
Nov. 2, 2000 - Story of the bizzare plan to wipe out refugees from Iraq by sue of trained, seductive female infiltrators.
Source:WorldNetDaily - (Story no longer online)

Millions spent on Camp Saddam
Oct. 24, 2000 - While Iraqui citizens are underfed, and their children don't receive adequate medical care, Saddam Hussein has spent hundreds of millions of dollars creating a luxurious lakeside village for himself and his cronies.
Saddam City, as it has been dubbed — or more correctly Saddamiat Al Tharthar (That Which Belongs to Saddam at Tharthar Lake) — is 85 miles west of Baghdad. It is so big that it includes 625 homes for the Iraqi leader’s “favourites”, Peter Hain, the Foreign Office Minister, said yesterday.
The resort has stadiums, an amusement park, animal park, hospitals and the latest communications systems.
Source: The Times - UK - (Story no longer online)

Analysis: Instability benefits Saddam Hussein
Oct. 17, 2000 - Why is Saddam Hussein enjoying new prominence and respect, especially from Arab nations, but also from around the world? He has just taken credit for the safe release of Western hostages from a hijacked Saudi airliner, and is being treated as a celebrity by a stream of visitors who are breaking UN sanctions to enter the country. In this analysis, it may be seen that unrest in the Mid-East has worked to Saddam's advantage.
Source: BBC News

Saddam's son: First volunteer for Jihad against Israel
Oct. 13, 2000 - According to the Iraqi newspaper "Babel", owned by Saddam Hussein's son Udai, Iraq has opened training camps for volunteers willing to join a Jihad (Islamic holy war) against Israel. Udai is the first of 75 Iraqis who have already joined the camp, and he has donated $3.4 million dollars towards a Palestinian war chest.
Source: Jerusalem Post - (Story no longer online)

Saddam ready "to put an end to Zionism"
Oct. 4, 2000 - Accusing Arab leaders of being soft, Iraq's Saddam Hussein threatened to take matters into his own hands to "to put an end to Zionism."
Source: Ha'aretz - (Story no longer online)

Babel's festival's participants call for lifting the embargo on Iraq
Oct. 3, 2000 - Participants in the 12th Babylon Festival expressed their denunciationof "the continued US- British aggression."
Source: Arabic News - (Story no longer online)

Saddam's trump card
Sept. 26, 2000 - The current oil crisis gives Iraq's Hussein strength against the U.S. Iraq is one of the top six suppliers of U.S. oil.
Source: Guardian Unlimited - (Story no longer online)

Iraq bids for Syrian flights
Set. 26, 2000 - Syria may join Russia and France in breaking the UN air blockade of Iraq. Iraq's Foreign Minister, Tariq Aziz, has gone to Syria to meet Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, possibly ending a long period of animosity between their nations.
Source: BBC

Saudi report: Iraq chosen as ''the battefield for an undeclared war'' between U.S., Russia, and France
Sept. 26, 2000 - In an article entitled, "The wolves wrestle," Al-Riyadh, A Saudi newspaper, claimed that the current interest in Iraq is the result of a "lack of confidence" between the United States and Russia and France. Recent flights by Russia and France to Baghdad are signs of a undeclared war between the permanent members of the UN Security Council. Competition between the Euro and the US Dollar also figures in the struggle.
Source: WeekEnd News

Gore assures Kuwait of U.S. backing in Iraq row
Sept. 24, 2000 - Vice President Gore assured Kuwait that we would support and protect them in their latest disagreement with Iraq over oil.
Source: ABC

Trouble Brewing? U.S. Military Watches Iraqi Troop Movements
Sept. 23, 2000 - Intelligence agencies report that virtually the entire Iraqi army and its elite Republican Guard force left their barracks, army bases and airfields last week, and dispersed throughout the country. The large-scale troop movement is evidently defensive, since they are said to expect an attack from the USA in the near future.
U.S. officials said one reason Saddam may believe the United States is readying an attack may be the presence of two aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf over the past few days [The USS Abraham Lincoln and The USS George Washington].
Source: ABC

Russian plane arrives in Baghdad
Sept. 23, 2000 - Now the Russians have sent a plane-full of humanitarian aid, an athletic team, and politicians to Baghdad. This follows the US reaction to a similar flight from France this week as a "blatant violation" of UN sanctions, which were imposed in 1990 after Iraq invaded Kuwait.
Source: BBC News

French flight to Iraq divides West
Sept. 22, 2000 - About 80 French doctors, artists and sports personalities flew to Baghdad in a private plane over the objection of UN diplomats. They made the trip to bring aid, and to attend the cultural festival in Babylon. This was the first direct flight between Paris and Baghdad since the international embargo was put in place on Iraq. The organizer of the effort, Father Jean-Marie Benjamin, said it was "to fight against an intolerable situation which condemns an innocent population to a slow agony".
Source: BBC - See their other links to related stories on this page.

More than 47 countries to take part in Iraq's Babylon Festival
Sept. 21, 2000 - At least 47 countries will participate in Iraq's 10-day Babylon cultural festival which opens on September 22. The annual festival was launched in 1987, but was cancelled in 1990 and 1991 due to the Gulf War.
Source: Yahoo

More Iraqi Christians cross U.S. border from Mexico
Sept. 21, 2000 - Nearly 200 Iraqi Christians, known as Chaldeans, are requesting assylum in the United States. They have come through Mexico, and are being processed by our Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Source: CNN

October Surprise Scenario Heats Up
September 20, 2000- Hal Lindsey explores rumors about a possible U.S. invasion of Iraq in the Fall.
Source: Prophezine

U.S. reports Iraqi violation of Saudi air space
Sept. 16, 2000 - Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has ordered year-round military training because of rising hostility toward Iraq. Their military aircraft have violated Saudi Arabian air space for the first time in many years.
Iraq, meanwhile, has continued to resist a renewed attempt by the United Nations to have inspectors visit the country to look for hidden weapons of mass destruction.
Source: CNN

Saddam 'stricken with lymph cancer'
Sept. 4, 2000 - It has been reported that Iraq's President, Saddam Hussein, is suffering from lymph cancer.
An influential Arabic newspaper, the London-based Ash-Sharq al-Awsat, says a family council led by his youngest son, Qusay, is ready to take control if he dies.
Source: BBC

Is Iraq Planning to Nuke U.S.?
Aug. 15, 2000 - Ten years after the Gulf War, while many people are counting Sadddam Hussein out as old and sick, there is credible evidence that he still aspires to be the strong leader who will unite the Arab world, and may be almost ready to deploy nuclear weapons.
Source: CBN

Saddam cancer fear spurs rivals
July 27, 2000 - Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, is reportedly ill, and may have cancer.
Word of his deteriorating health will intensify a power struggle between his two sons and undermine the myth of invincibility that he has carefully fostered during two decades of autocratic rule.
Saddam has not endorsed one of his sons over the other to succeed him.
Uday, 36, is portrayed by defectors as a torturer, serial rapist and killer. The less mercurial Qusay, 34, controls the intelligence and security apparatus.
Source: The Times (UK)

Iraq brags of biological weapons to 'deal with Zionist entity'
July 18, 2000 - Yesterday Richard Butler revealed that while he was still working in Iraq to monitor weapons development, Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz had told him his country has biological weapons "to deal with the 'Zionist entity.'"
Meanwhile Saddam Hussein marked the 32nd anniversary of the coup that brought him to power yesterday, telling the Iraqi people they had defeated the West and exhorting them to overcome UN sanctions.
Source: Jerusalem Post

Paper: Western intelligence report on Syria and Iraq
Mar. 8, 2000 - There is evidence that Syria and Iraq are developing stronger ties in response to the threat of Turkish influence, and the possibility that Iran will have a negative reaction to the Mid-east peace talks.
In its report, the western intelligence expects that Russia will invest the Syrian-Iraqi closeness to pressure Turkey. Eventually such a pressure started to appear as Russia has started to renovate the Syrian- Iraqi oil pipeline, a matter which affects Turkish profits when the Iraqi oil will be transferred for exports to the Syrian port of Banias on the Mediterranean.
Source: Arabic News

U.S. diplomat says military will topple Saddam
Mar. 2, 1999 - Frank Ricciardone, an official at the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, says that a sudden military overthrow of Saddam Hussein is expected in Iraq. He adds that the United States does not have a replacement in mind for Saddam, but will be standing by to help Iraq make the transition to another, presumably better, government. Ricciardone was recently named Washington's special representative for transition in Iraq. Source: Jordan Times (Story no longer on line.)

Saudi papers report end of Saddam is near
Feb. 22, 1999 - Arutz7 reports that Saudi Arabian papers claim that the end of Saddam Hussein's regime may be signaled by Iraq's current fighting with the Shiite rebels in the south of the country. "Highest alert" has been declared in Iraq, and some 100 people have been reported killed so far. Source: Weekend News Today from Arutz7 (Story no longer on line.)

Bin Laden 'Escapes To Iraq'
Feb. 16, 1999 - Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind who has a $5 million reward on his head, has moved from Afghanistan to Pakistan, and now, according to reports, has gone to Iraq where fellow anti-American Saddam Hussein is in power. Source: WorldNetDaily (Story no longer on line.)

Iraq Crisis Special Report
Collection of articles from One World showing the seriousness of the ongoing struggle with Iraq. Example: "US apologises for civilian casualties - then strikes again"

Hussein is "frantic and agitated"
Jan. 12, 1999 - Secretary of Defense William Cohen described Saddam Hussein as "more agitated and frantic" as evidenced by the fact that Iraq is threatening and firing on U.S. planes in the no-fly zones. Repeated incidents have resulted in the bombing of radar and anti-aircraft sites there. Saddam is also lashing out verbally against the Saudis, Egyptians, and Kuwaitis. Source: CNN (Story no longer on line.)

Emboldened Saddam Pushes The Limits
Jan. 2, 1998 - The recent four-day air strike by the U.S. and Britain does not seem to have hurt Saddam Hussein's government, and has actually helped him gain politically among Arab nations. He continues to taunt the U.S. by firing on fighters in the no-fly zone. Source: Washington Post (Story no longer on line.)

Arab deputies condemn air strikes
Dec. 27, 1998 - Meeting in Amman, Jordan, representatives of 16 Arab nations condemned the U.S. and British strikes against Iraq. They also urged Arab countries to disregard the U.N. embargo against Iraq. Source:BBC

U.S. Bombs Iraq
Dec. 16, 1998 - ``I have ordered a strong sustained series of air strikes against Iraq,'' Clinton said in a televised address to the nation. ``They are designed...to degrade Iraq's ability to threaten its neighbors.'' Source: Yahoo (Story no longer on line.)
See: Yahoo Full Coverage of the strike

Attack On Iraq May Be Near
Arms inspectors evacuated as chance of attack on Baghdad grows
Dec. 16, 1998 - An attack against Iraq was averted last month by promises from Saddam Hussein to allow weapons inspectors full access to needed information, but in a report to the United Nations two days ago, Richard Butler, the chief inspector, said that they were still not allowed to do their job. Inspectors were withdrawn from Iraq yesterday and plans are being made to remove other humanitarian aides. The United States and Britain have said that they would give no further warning before an attack. Source: CNN

Trouble Ahead With Iraq
Sept. 4, 1998 - CBN's story, Winking At Saddam's Weapons, relates how Major John Ritter resigned from the U.N. inspection team in Iraq because our government limited their investigation. He has told the U.S. Senate that we evidently don't want to know the truth because we don't want another conflict with Iraq, but he believes that they are going ahead with the development of weapons of mass destruction and we will have to face a greater problem in the future.

Challenge To UN by Iraq
April 27, 1998 - Despite the claims by Chief UN Inspector in Iraq, Richard Butler, Iraq claims they have fully complied with orders to dismantle all weapons of mass destruction. They want sanctions lifted. (Source: Yahoo/ Reuters) (Story no longer on line.)

"No Progress" in Iraq Inspections
April 18, 1998 -U.N. inspectors report that they have made no real progress in verifying Iraq's claim that they have destroyed their long range missiles and weapons of mass destruction. Nevertheless, Iraq is asking the U.N. to end sanctions, and is claiming that those who oppose the lifting of sanctions will bear the responsibility for the future crisis. (Source:CNN) (Story no longer on line.)

Saddam's "Reign of Terror"
April 14, 1998 - Max van der Stoel, the United Nations human rights investigator for Iraq said that Saddam Hussein's regime was guilty of the political execution of 1500 prisoners last year, and of the torture and mass deportation of Kurds in northern provinces. (Source: Excite News) (Story no longer on line.)

Saddam Hussein and Nebuchadnezzar
Interesting article about Saddam's Nebuchaddnezzar Complex.

US: Military Action Justified If Iraq Renegs
February 24, 1998 - President Clinton has accepted the terms of the deal between the UN and Iraq, calling it a "win, win" situation, but he warned that if Saddam Hussein fails to allow inspections there will be serious consequences. He said, ``What really matters is Iraq's compliance, not its stated commitments; not what Iraq says, but what it does.'' He also said that existing military force will remain in place until Washington was convinced that Hussein will keep his word.
Source: Infoseek News (Reuters)- No longer on line.

U.N.'s Annan Clinches Accord With Iraq on Arms
Feb 23, 1998 - The Secretary-General of the UN has worked out an agreement with Saddam Hussein which he hopes will be acceptable to the UN Security Council. (in which the United States is a key player). If accepted, the plan will avert a military strike. (Source: Yahoo / Reuters - no longer on line)

U.N. Chief Annan to Go to Iraq
Feb. 17, 1998 - While President Clinton explained the possibility of a military strike to the American people, Secretary General Kofi Annan announced that he will travel to Iraq Thursday to try to do what U.S. diplomacy has failed to do: to restablish acceptable inspections of all Iraq's suspected weapon sites. (Source: Washington Post - no longer on line)

Saddam: Iraq Will Fight Any U.S. Attack
Jan. 29, 1998 - In response to U.S. warnings that military action may be coming, Saddam Hussein said, "If the devil pushes these enemies into evil and aggression and they attack us, we will be forced to fight them with all our capabilities." At the same time, U.S. Secretary of State Madeline Albright is visiting French and Russian foreign ministers to try to enlist their help in a last-chance effort to pressure Saddam to allow U.N.-mandated inspections of suspected weapons sites.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer on line.)

Standoff With Iraq
January 17, 1998 - Visit the CNN site for in-depth coverage with many links. "Saddam Hussein's decision to block any U.N. arms inspections by American Scott Ritter could set off a new confrontation with the United Nations."

UN Inspectors Leave Iraq
Jan 16, 1998 - Frustrated UN inspectors left Iraq temporarily today but say that the UN is still determined to finish the job of discovering whether or not Iraq has the capability of producing weapons of mass destruction. They say they are somewhat confident that they do not have nuclear arms or ballistic missiles, but they suspect the continued existence of chemical and biological weapons and have been trying to get documentation on reports that Iraq used prisoners for biological weapons tests in 1994 and 1995. Iraq denies the allegations, but records for the period are missing.
Source: Yahoo (Story no longer on line.)

Iraq Warns U.S. It's Ready to Fight
Iraq continues to block inspectors from access to any area which they feel threatens their national security. They claim that if the Unite States uses military options against them the U.S. will be isolated by other nations. They are counting on the fact that Russia, China, and France have all said they are against military enforcement, and all of them have the power to veto any UN action against Iraq. (Source: Washington Post - no longer on line)

Inspectors in Iraq Avoid Confrontation
While Saddam Hussein claims victory, the U.N. inspectors resume their work, but intentionally ignore the presidential palaces and other areas that Iraq deems part of its national sovereignty. (Source: Lycos News - story no longer on line)

Clinton cautious on Iraq, increases US forces
Nov. 21, 1997 - This article from the Jerusalem Post says that the US will continue a major military buildup in the Gulf. There are already nearly 250 American warplanes and 22 ships near Iraq to make sure Baghdad carries through with its commitment. The US will also oppose any Russian attempt at the UN to lift the sanctions on Iraq which have been in place since the Gulf War.
Source: Jerusalem Post (Story no longer on line.)

Iraq Crisis Averted
Nov. 20, 1997 - With the help of Russian mediators, Iraq has agreed to allow weapons inspectors to resume their work. The United States insists that it has made no concessions, and will maintain military readiness while waiting to see if Iraq lives up to its promises. Russia, a long time ally of Iraq is eager to end sanctions, because of billions of dollars worth of oil deals which are tied to the end of the embargo. According to terms of the U.N. resolution which ended the Gulf War in 1991, the sanctions can not be lifted until U.N. inspectors certify that Iraq can no longer can wage nuclear, chemical or biological warfare and that it has destroyed all its long-range missiles. (Source: Los Angeles Times Online)

U.S. Says Iraq Is Bent On Rebuilding Chemical, Biological Arms Stocks
Nov. 15, 1997 - Article and related links from Los Angeles Times, including info about deployment of additional forces to the area
Source: LA TImes (Story no longer on line.)

War Threatened By Iraq Problem
Nov. 14, 1997 - Following the United Nations' unanimous condemnation of Iraq's position, Saddam Hussein's government still refuses to allow United States inspectors, so the UN has pulled out their inspection team. Many commentators think that the military option is likely, but there are grave concerns about Iraq's new weaponry.
Thanks to AOL, here are some interesting sites to check out as the crisis develops.
Current Events At The UN
UN Home Page

The Gulf War
Following the 1991 war in the Persian Gulf, Charles H. Dyer wrote the book, The Rise of Babylon : Sign of the End Times. It showed Saddam Hussein as the modern counterpart of Ancient Babylon's Nebuchadnezzar, complete with a hatred of Israel. Dyer went further than we would about the future role of a restored Babylon in Iraq, but it is an interesting and helpful book. He has also written the book, World News and Bible Prophecy, which was published in 1993.
Another good prophecy book from that period of time was Armageddon - Oil and the Middle East Oil Crisis, by John Walvoord.

Iraq Links of Interest

Ancient Babylon Links
See links in our Babylon Section
History and Geography of Iraq
Operation New Dawn - Official site of US Forces - Iraq
Iraq - CIA World Factbook
Iraq - Wikipedia
Federation of American Scientists' Iraq News Archives
Iraq Foundation, The
Iraq Net
Laurie Mylroie - Google search for articles by this expert on Iraq
Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein: A Psychological Profile - Mysteries of the Bible
The Gulf War
Operation Desert Storm
The War On Terrorism
Special Report- Iraq The Guardian (UK)
Mystery Babylon Links
See links in our Babylon Section
Iraq and Armageddon - Tribulation.com


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Excerpts from The Prophecy Puzzle

Babylon in the present is Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Iraq is the modern name for the same general area. Saddam sees himself as the modern Nebuchadnezzar. All over Iraq there are billboards depicting Saddam Hussein with Nebuchadnezzar. Some of the billboards do the same with Saddam and Hammurabbi, the ancient Babylonian lawgiver.

Hussein identifies with Nebuchadnezzar because he conquered the world of his day, and especially Israel. Hussein has the same aspirations.

It is also significant that Hussein has been rebuilding the ancient city of Babylon.

As of February 1990, over sixty million bricks had been laid in the reconstruction of Nebuchadnezzar's fabled city. Sadam Hussein has ignored the objections of archaeologists who consider it a crime to build over ancient ruins. On the exact site of ancient Babylon, he has reconstructed the Southern Palace of Nebuchadnezzar, including the Procession Street, a Greek theater, many temples, what was once Nebuchadnezzar's throne room, and a half-scale model of the Ishtar Gate." (Charles Dyer, The Rise of Babylon, p. 27)

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