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Final US ultimate warning to Iraq

Iraq-USA, Politics, 11/5/2001

The Kuwaiti daily al-Seyash issued on Sunday quoted sources at the British house of commons as saying that the British prime minister Tony Blair asked the Jordanian King Abdullah II during his visit to Amman to convey a final warning from the US administration to Iraq on the need of accepting the return back of the UN inspectors to Baghdad within three weeks, otherwise the next station of the war against terrorism after Afghanistan will be Iraq.

The sources indicated that Iraq was told about the warning through an envoy in the Jordanian royal court. The sources also told the paper about information reported from Moscow that the Russian foreign minister Igore Ivanov conveyed to the Russian administration following his meeting with the US secretary of state Colin Powell about a conviction formed within himself that a British - American attacks at Baghdad has become very near. Copyright Arabic, Fair Use for Educational and Research Purposes Only

-- Robert Riggs (, November 06, 2001


I hope they are right. I don't think the terrorist threat hanging over the world will ever end without the elimination of Saddam Insane.

-- Art Esman (, November 06, 2001.

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Powell warns Iraq that U.S. campaign against terrorism reaches beyond Afghanistan By Barry Schweid, ASSOCIATED PRESS, 2001 November 7 Copyright, Associated Press, Fair Use for Educational and Research Purposes Only

WASHINGTON Warning Iraq, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Wednesday the U.S. campaign against terrorism will extend beyond the drive to root out the al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan.

"That is our first priority," Powell said in a joint news conference with the acting prime minister of Kuwait, Sabah al-Hamad al- Sabah. "We must defeat al-Qaeda. We must end Osama bin Laden's terrorist threat to the world." After that, Powell said, "We will turn our attention to terrorism throughout the world. And nations such as Iraq, which have tried to possess weapons of mass destruction, should not think that we will not be concerned about those activities and will not turn our attention to them."

The United States fought a war against Iraq a decade ago to liberate Kuwait, which had been annexed by its neighbor. Responding to reports that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz still claimed Kuwait as Iraqi territory, Powell replied: "Mr. Tariq Aziz has been making these rather ridiculous and threatening statements for many years."

The Kuwaiti minister reaffirmed his country's support for the U.S.- led anti-terrorism campaign. "We are fully with the United States to see that this operation will be a successful one," he said.

On another front, Powell said he was pleased Israel had withdrawn its forces from Ramallah, the Palestinian town on the West Bank, and that he hoped Israel soon would pull out of other Palestinian towns. Powell also said he was hoping that Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat "will continue to do all he can to end the violence." Powell said he was anxious to get back on the peace track and would meet in New York this weekend with European and Middle East ministers at the special U.N. General Assembly session.

Earlier, the Israeli transportation minister, former general Ephraim Sneh, said Iran was the biggest terrorist threat in the Middle East and receives critical support from Russia for its nuclear weapons program.

Russian President Vladimir Putin insisted in an American television interview taped Monday in the Kremlin that Russia was not providing dangerous weapons technology to Iran. He called such suspicions a "legend," or fable. Told that Putin was denying the link, Sneh said "it doesn't change the situation." He said Israel had advised Russia that its support for Iran was damaging Israel's security. Sneh, in Washington for a meeting with Condoleezza Rice, President Bush's national security adviser, said he did not want to tell the United States how to organize its campaign against terrorism in Afghanistan. "We understand there is an American need and we feel our obligation to help" by not interfering, Sneh said. But he said Iran and Syria, which the Bush administration has solicited for its anti- Taliban coalition, are countries that support terrorism. "We believe they cannot be considered as countries that fight terrorism," Sneh said. "If someone forgets that we are willing to remind them." Sneh said Iran has deployed thousands of missiles in southern Lebanon, across Israel's northern border. The missiles have a range of 40 miles to 45 miles, he said. Hezbollah, a militant group branded a terrorist organization by the State Department, has attacked Israel from southern Lebanon. Its arms are provided by Iran and transit through Syria, Sneh said. "Iran stands in first place as a sponsor of terrorism," he said.

The Kuwaiti minister, meanwhile, also called on Bush, who told him the United States was committed to "helping and protecting" Kuwait, particularly where Iraq is concerned, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said.

-- Robert Riggs (, November 07, 2001.

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