Summary of News:
Baghdad succeeded in breaking up the western alliance, nevertheless,
predictions of an attack remain unchanged. [Al-Jazeera, 13/08/2002]
Spanish delegation member expressing their wish for a world without
Saddam. [Al-Jazeera, 13/08/2002]
Iraq is trying to perform a considerable economic transaction with
Turkey. [Al-Jazeera, 24/08/02]
An Australian Wheat Board delegation has secured billions of dollars
in long-term wheat trade with Iraq -- despite a diplomatic row trig-
gered by the Howard government's tough stance on war against Baghdad.
[The Australian, Sydney, 21/08/02]
Federal Chancellor Schroeder made it clear that German troops will
definitely not participate in a new attack against Iraq. Forced by
the stream of events in pre-electoral times, even some high ranking
opposition leaders felt obliged to share the Chancellor's position
who has defined any attack on Iraq as an "irresponsible adventure".
[own report based on different German sources, August 2002].
Following a martial announcement of U.S. vice president Dick Cheney,
European leaders publicly refrain from any military action against
Iraq, at least for the time being. At their meeting in Helsingoer /
Danmark, 15 European ministers of foreign affairs found a common
position, including the urgent wish of a new monitoring commission
to resume its search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Only
Britain is reported to consider further pressure on Saddam. [German
daily "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" and other sources, September 1, 2002]
United Nations secretary-general Kofie Annan meeting with Iraqi
minister of foreign affairs Tariq Aziz at the Johannesburg global
climate conference [Al-Jazeera, 03/09/2002].
Syrian president Assad urges the United Nations to take the ini-
tiative in finding a solution to the Iraqi crisis as an expected
U.S. assault would mean their defeat [Al-Jazeera, 10/09/02].
In his speech on 12 September, U.S. President G. Bush declares
his intention to leave a military solution of the Iraqi problem
to the United Nations' final decision. Simultaneously, military
preparations in the Middle East hint at an attack on Iraq in the
very near future. => Action speaks louder than words !
Iran, the long-standing enemy of Iraq, has renewed his disapproval
of a military coup against Iraq as the Iranian minister of foreign
affairs stated in his speech to the United Nations' General Assembly
At the same time, different sources report on a change of official
Saudi Arabian policy that is now likely to allow the U.S. to make
use of their military bases on the peninsula in an attack on Iraq
[Arab News, 16/09/02, and others]. Nevertheless, there are strong
anti-American sentiments in Saudi Arabia and the emirates of Qatar,
- most important U.S. air base in the region -, and Bahrain, - home
of the U.S. Fifth Fleet -. Such sentiments have already led to a
boycott of U.S. goods [features by Arab News, Lebanon Wire, ....].
"Saudi Arabia has turned up the pressure on Baghdad, hinting that
it might offer its desert installations as a jump-off base for any
U.S. military campaign against Iraq - as long as such an attack had
U.N. sanction. But the Saudi foreign minister, Prince Saud al-Faisal,
also said the rest of the world clearly wants the Iraq crisis resolv-
ed without "the firing of a single shot"." [www.iraq.net, 16/09/02].
On 17/09/02 different sources, including Al-Jazeera and www.iraq.net,
report that a special envoy from Iraq has delivered a letter to U.N.
secretary-general Kofie Annan. That letter should declare the Iraqi
intention to accept unconditioned control of the country's weaponry
by UN inspectors.
- Washington is moving further troops into the region while Baghdad
is discussing the failure of any pretext for an attack.
- Iraqi parliament welcomes the "unexpected U.N. resolution" and U.S.
Dollar is rapidly loosing its value in comparison with Iraqi Dinar
[Asharq-Al-Awsat, Riyadh, 18/09/02].
"As US National Security Adviser Condoleeza Rice said last Sunday
on US television, the Bush administration is not worried too much
about the price tag attached to the upcoming military operation and
the subsequent reconstruction of Iraq. With its vast oil reserves,
Iraq is capable of paying for much of its own reconstruction, unlike
Afghanistan, which is desperately relying on foreign aid to get by."
[Condoleeza Rice, cited by Arab News, Riyadh, 20/09/02]
The Bush administration's plan for another and enforced UN resolution
on Iraq is facing international opposition. Even U.S. opposition leader
Tom Daschle is showing anger when cited by President Bush as "not inter-
ested in national security". [USA TODAY, 27/09/02]
At least 150.000 people have taken part in a protest against military
action in Iraq which organisers say was one of Europe's biggest anti-
war rallies. Demonstrators assembled peacefully in London's Hyde Park.
... In the British House of Commons, more than 50 Labour MPs protested
against the prime minister's stance on war. [BBC, London, 28/09/02]
"Two Kuwaiti followers of Oussama Bin Laden killed Americans in the
preliminary stages of an assault on Iraq." [Main page headline from
Al-Quds Al-Arabi, the most important Palestinian daily, 09/10/02]
- Baghdad demanding the U.N. Security Council to reject U.S. plans.
- France promoting a moderate formula to influence the projected U.S.
decision. [Al-Jazeera, 25/10/02]
International mobilisation against the planned war on Iraq. Remark-
able demonstrations in the U.S.A., Mexico, Japan, Spain, Germany,
the Netherlands, South-Corea, Italy, Belgium and Australia.
[Le Matin, Morocco, 27/10/02 and other sources]
A summary of latest developments on Iraq is given by USA TODAY.
BLUEPRINT BREAKING NEWS [04/11/02]:
Britain: Reservists ordered to mobilise
Saudi Arabia: Foreign Minister refuses
any military aid in the attack on Iraq
Baghdad is expecting the participation of Israel in a war against
their country. [Al-Jazeera, Qatar, 05/11/02]
The UN Security Council has unanimously endorsed a long-awaited
tough resolution, designed to force Iraq to give up its weapons
of mass destruction. [BBC NEWS, London, 08/11/02]
Iraqi bloodshed in an U.S.-British air raid. Planes, that entered
Iraq on November 28, came from their U.S. bases in Kuwait. Iraqi
military staff declared that the assault was directed at civil
institutions located about 400 km north of Baghdad in a district
belonging to the flight prohibition zone. [Al-Jazeera, 29/11/02]
Iraqi coast guard opened fire on approaching boats in order to
protect the coast of neighbouring Kuwait. [Al-Jazeera, 03/12/02]
In a speech of national alert, Saddam apologized for the invasion
of Kuwait 12 years ago. At the same time, a report comprising all
Iraqi programmes of rearmament was handed over to the inspectors
of the United Nations commission in Baghdad. [Al-Jazeera, 07/12/02]
Citations from ARAB NEWS, Saudi Arabia (21/12/02):
· Arms inspectors yesterday criticized the United States and its ally
Britain for not sharing vital information on Iraq as the two nations
prepared for a war in the Gulf.
"If the UK and the US are convinced they have evidence, well then one
would expect that they would be able to tell us where is this stuff,"
said Hans Blix, in charge of chemical, biological and ballistic weapons
inspection teams in Iraq. .....
A spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mark
Gwozdecky, told Reuters the UN nuclear watchdog had also received
little help despite being "led to believe that we will be getting
some of this information".
· Washington stood alone on Friday in saying Iraq had committed
a "material breach" by lying about its weapons programs. Even its
closest ally, Britain, stopped short of using the term that could
trigger war. "At the moment we simply don't know whether Iraq will
be found in breach of the United Nations resolution," Blair said. ...
Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Iraq's declaration contains
nothing indicating that it is in material breach of UN Security Council
Resolution 1441. Ivanov's comment was Russia's first official reaction
to the weapons declaration. Ivanov was in Washington for talks on the
The two other permanent members of the Security Council - China and
France - have also refrained from saying Iraq was in "material breach"
of the UN resolution.
Citations from ARAB NEWS, Saudi Arabia (24/12/02):
· Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz said the United States
is building up forces "to a level fit for a world war" against the
Arab nation. "This is a strategic buildup for a war reaching the
level of a world war and targeting ... the entire Arab nation,"
he told an Afro-Asian solidarity meeting with Iraq. .... Another
Iraqi official said Arab and European volunteers would arrive soon
to act as human shields to guard vital and strategic installations
from US attacks.
· In another development, the UN refugee agency said yesterday (i.e.
23/12/02) it was gearing up for a possible conflict in the Gulf by
pre-positioning additional stocks of relief supplies in the Middle
East, amid fears of a mass exodus from Iraq.
The office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said relief
agencies had asked an unspecified number of donor countries for
$37.4 million in emergency funding to cover contingency planning
for Iraq, during a meeting in Geneva on Dec. 13.
· Citing "confidential UN planning papers" in New York, British
newspaper, The Times, reported earlier that the UN was preparing
to help about 900,000 refugees in case of a US-led conflict, which
was likely to shatter Iraqs infrastructure. [The Independent]
Headline of ASHARQ-AL-AWSAT, Riyadh (24/12/02):
"First confrontation in the air: [Iraqi] fighter entered
the flight prohibition zone and grounded U.S. plane"
[that headline is referring to the recent grounding of an
unmanned Predator type spy plane]
Headlines of AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (24/12/02):
· "Whenever Washington declares war to Baghdad: The United
Nations are trying to avoid a human catastrophe in Iraq"
· "Price of crude oil reaches its highest level for years:
Jumping oil [prices] make the [U.S.] Congress call for an
injection of stored oil reserves"
BBC NEWS, London (31/12/02):
Headline: "No Basis for Iraq war now"
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has said that he
sees no basis at present for the use of force against Iraq.
Kofi Annan: "I don't see an argument for military action now."
An inspector on the search for weapons of mass destruction is
cited: "We haven't found an iota of concealed material yet."
BABIL ONLINE, Iraq (04/01/03):
"Hundreds of Bahreini citizens demonstrate their solidarity
AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (11/01/03):
· Headline: "Iraq criticizes the common Arabic position regarding
U.S. intimidations." The Iraqi vice president Tariq Aziz is cited
from a speech he made in Algiers during his recent visit of dif-
ferent countries in the Arabic world.
· The Greek foreign minister Papandreou communicates a common Euro-
pean attitude that requires the proclamation of another resolution
made by U.N. Security Council preceding a possible attack on Iraq.
· The British aircraft carrier Arc Royal is leaving his port to-
day to join another 15 war ships "in order to reinforce British
presence in the region".
ARAB NREWS, Riyadh (11/01/03):
The futile search for the smoking gun is discussed by the Saudian
paper ARAB NEWS in a special feature. Hans Blix and his weaponry
inspectors are regarded as being irrelevant in the frame of the
main question: "Can the outside world trust Saddam Hussein not
to acquire, and when the time comes not to use, weapons of mass
destruction if he can? Those who urge war must show that he can-
not be trusted. Those who oppose war must do the opposite: prove
that Saddam Hussein can be trusted."
GERMAN NATIONAL TV and other western sources (11/01/03):
Turkish prime minister Gül criticizes U.S. plans for a war on Iraq.
Up to 90% of all Turkish citizens expected to oppose that war.
L'EXPRESS, Paris (18-19/01/03):
Headline: "Global mobilisation against the war on Iraq"
Numerous demonstrations against a possible war on Iraq in
Washington DC and other capitals of the western hemisphere.
AL-JAZEERA reports on manifestations directed against the
U.S. and Israel in Pakistan (Rawalpindi), Syria (Damascus),
Jordan (Amman) and Egypt (Cairo). On 15/01/03, AL-JAZEERA
reported that their online polling results had been mani-
pulated by an electronic assault on their server. A clear
majority of votes that opposed the participation of foreign
troops in the toppling of dictatorship in some country has
been willfully changed and turned into its contrary. The
reliable parts of that polling could be reestablished by
BLUEPRINT who had independently recorded the first results.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE (20/01/03) and LE MONDE, Paris (22/01/03):
Both papers report on Iraqi exiles gathering in Hungary for
U.S. military training. LE MONDE is citing local Hungarian
papers. For further information and relevant links refer to
BLUEPRINT: Background Information on War Preparations.
Further facts by GERMAN NATIONAL TV and ARAB NEWS (20-25/01):
German minister of foreign affairs is attending a conference
in Istanbul where Arabic statesmen are gathering to find a
common position in the Iraqi affair. Baghdad is admonished
to collaborate with the U.N. weaponry inspectors.
AL-JAZEERA, Qatar (26/01/03):
Talks between Iran and India on the Iraqi subject.
BABIL ONLINE, Iraq, published in Arabic (26/01/2003):
Headline: "That's not at all surprising !"
"How can it be that such a crying arises on any modifications
and the very succession of news, and how can it be that America
is demonstrating the state of urgency that should justify their
aggressive attitude and proceedings against Iraq and other
countries in the world. It is not a matter of the very moment
that nourishes the pretext they announce: Iraq not willing to
cooperate on the subject of using weapons of mass destruction.
It seems as if politics doesn't find a new start after the
incidents of what the Arabs call 11 Ailul and what the [U.S.]
name 11 September. ..."
[Ailul is the Arabic name for September according to the Syrian
calendar used in Iraq. Translation by Wolfgang Wiesner.]
BLUEPRINT: Programmatic speech of President Bush on Capitol Hill
(recorded: 29 January 2003, 4 a.m. Central European Time):
President G.W. Bush said that "decisions we take will not depend
on decisions made by others". "We are not interested in courses
but in reaching our goals". The president's speech seemed to be
close to a declaration of war when he encouraged U.S. troops. He
announced that secretary of state Colin Powell would soon offer
evidence of Saddam Hussein still developing and storing weapons
of mass destruction. As to the U.N. weaponry commission in Iraq,
the president stated that the inspectors' task was "to testify
the disarmament, proven on the spot by Iraqi authorities, rather
than search a spacious country for hidden weapons".
WASHINGTON POST, 9/02/2003:
Headline: "NATO Allies Trade Barbs Over Iraq -
Rumsfeld: Critics Are Undermining Alliance's Strength"
Excerpts from the original text:
"Rumsfeld told a largely European audience at a conference on
international security in Munich, Germany, that "diplomacy
has been exhausted, almost." ... He said France and Germany
face diplomatic isolation with their opposition to an attack
German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, whose speech immedi-
ately followed Rumsfeld's, seemed taken aback by the relent-
lessness of the U.S. defense secretary's criticism. On the
question of attacking Iraq, Fischer asked several times:
"Why now? . . . Are we in a situation where we should resort
to violence now?"
At one point Fischer faced the U.S. delegation to the confe-
rence and, switching from German to English, pointedly said,
"Excuse me, I am not convinced."
Fischer also warned the United States against biting off
more than it can chew in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
"You're going to have to occupy Iraq for years and years,"
he said. "Are Americans ready for this?" If the U.S. public
balks at the costs of a long-term military presence in Iraq,
he said, then the U.S. military might withdraw from Iraq
prematurely, further destabilizing the Middle East.
The French defense minister, Michele Alliot-Marie, joined
the counterattack, raising her eyebrows at the "combative
tone" of Rumsfeld's comments. "Ad hoc coalitions" are a
precarious approach that can't replace the alliance, she
The day exposed extraordinary tension between the United
States and two of its main European allies, and also among
European officials themselves. While all sides condemned
the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, they clashed repeatedly
on how to deal with him.
A few blocks from the conference site, thousands of German
antiwar demonstrators gathered despite a heavy snowstorm in
support of their government's position. With hundreds of
police officers nearby, the protesters rallied in a square
in downtown Munich under signs such as "Remember Vietnam,"
"Christian Bombs for Muslim Oil" and "Rummy Go Home."
Another banner said, "Welcome to Cuba", an allusion to Rums-
feld's remark at a congressional hearing last week that the
only nations determined not to help the U.S. attack Iraq are
Cuba, Germany and Libya. ..."
Additional remarks by the editor of BLUEPRINT magazine:
- As usual, the conference's meeting place was heavily
guarded by masses of policemen, such transforming the
center of Munich into a fortress. Nevertheless, diffe-
rent groups showed up and peacefully demonstrated their
opposition to any war on Iraq. Even Munich's mayor Ude
expressed his antiwar position, and it cannot be denied
that a majority of German citizens, supporters of their
government or not, refuse to accept those questionable
arguments brought about by the Bush administration.
- German relatives of U.S. secretary of state Rumsfeld in
northern Germany frankly expressed their displeasure about
their descendant's way of treating international politics
(seen in a news briefing of GERMAN NATIONAL TV).
AL-JAZEERA, 11-12/02/03 and AL-ARAB, 13/02/03:
Bin Laden expressing his support for the Iraqi nation
without standing by Saddam Hussein. [Excerpts from the
original text of an audio record and a general evalua-
tion given on a special site.]
他帮助伊拉克的人民但是不加强 Saddam 的政府。
WASHINGTON POST, 15/02/03:
Worldwide demonstrations against military action in Iraq
uniting millions of people in the streets of Berlin, Paris,
London, Madrid, Rome and Sydney.
THE TIMES, London, 27/02/03:
Scenes of turmoil in the House of Commons when prime minister
Tony Blair put his strategic plans to the test. Though winning
a sufficient majority for his further proceedings in the Iraq
issue, he had to face the violent opposition of 199 members of
parliament, i.e. almost one third of the Commons. 121 opponents
belong to the Labour party, Blair's own base of power.
Main headline: "Its the U.S. plan to hold Iraq responsible for
having ignored their last chance."
Front page photo: German soldier guarding an AWACS plane that
is ready for take-off and heading for Turkey.
Summary of events:
U.S. troops move to Jordan.
Chief inspector Blix launches an ultimatum towards Baghdad
[regarding the destruction of Al-Samoud missiles whose range
is exceeding 150 km. Realisation requested by 1st March.]
The Vatikan is regarding that war on Iraq, not covered by
international support, as a "crime against peace".
BAVARIA 5, German radio station, other western sources, 2/03/03:
Iraq has finished the destruction of several Al-Samoud missiles.
The Turkish parliament unexpectedly rejected an U.S. request to
increase its troops in their country that is neighbouring Iraq.
ARAB NEWS, Riyadh (2/03/2003):
Citations from their report "Drama at Arab League Summit":
Sharm El-Sheikh, 2 March 2003 Leaders from 22 Arab countries
yesterday strongly opposed the planned US-led military attack
on Iraq as a threat to Arab national security, and said their
countries would not participate in any war.
A final communique issued after the one-day summit here also
blasted the "attempts to impose changes in the region", in a
reference to US demands that President Saddam Hussein be re-
moved from power. .....
BAVARIA 5, German radio station, other western sources, 17/03/03:
The Bush administration abstains from reaching another resolution
in the United Nations Security Council.
Saddam Hussein is offered a 48 hours limit to resign and leave his
country, together with his sons. Saddam refuses to do so.
British prime minister Tony Blair reaches a majority of votes in
the House of Commons on the issue of a war on Iraq without another
resolution of the U.N. That majority is only achieved with the help
of Blair's opposition in parliament as about 130 members of his own
stronghold, the ruling Labour party, deny any support of the prime
The world is waiting for the beginning of Gulf War III.
BLUEPRINT: President Bush announces the begin of Gulf War III.
(recorded: 20 March 2003, 4:15 a.m. Central European Time):
In his speech, Bush indicated that this war might take more
time than could be presumed from current rumours on military
concepts of the U.S.
At the same time, first news on a Baghdad air raid reached
European radio stations.
The twenty days of war that follow Bush's announcement are
characterized by heavy U.S. bombing of an already rotten
Iraqi infrastructure and by the steadily rising number of
civilian victims, killed or wounded rather by U.S. shelling
than by Iraqi counterattacks. Thanks to an international
group of reporters we know about that. A British Body Count
made by BBC, London (11/04/2003), comes to the following
THE HUMAN COST OF WAR
US: 99 dead (including 26 in non-combat accidents,
5 to friendly fire, 2 under investigation), 8 missing
UK: 30 dead (including 16 in non-combat accidents,
5 to friendly fire)
Iraq: At least 1252 civilian deaths (old regime figures,
released 03/04/03), military deaths unknown
Being among the most credible sources of latest proceedings
in Iraq, Al-Jazeera looses one of their reporters in Baghdad.
Friendly U.S. shelling hits their office as it is hitting
Hotel Palestine, some streets away and known to host nothing
but newsmen and women from all over the world. Some journal-
ists loose their lives or remain seriously wounded in both
mysterious incidents that precede final U.S. installation in
the center of Baghdad. An international community of journal-
ists calls it a war crime.
Sunnite and Shiite scholars from Baghdad assembled in
emotional protest against U.S. occupation forces the
day before. The masses were screaming their adage that
makes a rhyme in Standard Arabic:
"No to the U.S., no to Saddam yes, yes to Islam !"
During their yearly pilgrimage to Kerbela, which had been
forbidden under Saddam Hussein, thousands of Shiites ex-
pressed their dislike of U.S. presence in Iraq [different
Tariq Aziz, the former minister of foreign affairs under
Saddam Hussein, reportedly surrendered to the U.S. occu-
Please note :
This site is dealing with
the suite of events up to
May 2003 when the Bush
the war on Iraq to be won.
Later events are collected
on a brandnew webpage:
Independence Day 2003
Demonstration demanding a
lift of the sanctions that have
been put on Iraq. [Al-Jazeera]
An attack on Iraq will
open the doors of hell
in the Middle East.
secretary-general of the Arab League,
after president G. Bush demonstrating
his firm will to attack on Iraq within
the next four weeks (06/09/2002).
Iraqi citizens in a Baghdad coffeehouse
awaiting latest radio news on the U.S.
preparing to launch an attack on their
country. [Al-Quds Al-Arabi, 09/10/02]
Opposition on Capitol Hill
Chinese daily reporting on its main page:
U.N. weaponry inspection is fighting the
"back thrust" of their mission - Two tons
of Uranium discovered and a hospital for
contagious diseases searched. U.S. say
that Iraq is "producing" smallpox virus.
[Xing Dao, Europ. edition, 16/12/2002]
The depleted Uranium found is already
known to IAEA in Vienna and believed
to serve different civil purpose in Iraq.
Washington announced that President
George Bush has lately been vaccinat-
ed against smallpox. [Western media]
Kofi Annan, Hans Blix, President G. Bush,
Christian children in Baghdad celebrating
the Holy Night [pictures: December 2002]
exploding price for crude oil
OPEC has decided to increase
oil production rates in order to
"soothe" the market after new
riots in Venezuela and grow-
ing tensions in the Iraqi crisis.
[western sources, 13/01/03]
"Iraq: According to France, there
is nothing that justifies the war"
Headline from the main page of
LE MONDE, Paris, 22/01/03.
French president Chirac and German
chancellor Schröder are celebrating
their total agreement on that point
while British hardliner Blair and the
bloodshedding U.S. monster are sit-
ting apart [ main page caricature ].
The common position of Germany &
France in the United Nations Securi-
ty Council is supported by PR China.
Chinese publications launch critical
articles on the U.S. striving for war.
[CHINA.COM and PEOPLE.COM.CN]
In the aftermath of President Bush
speaking to the U.S. Congress, the
Palestinian daily ALQUDS AL-ARABI
is presenting the following news:
· Kuwait is threatening Baghdad with
an enormous price they'll have to
pay in case of Iraq launching an
attack on them.
· Bush is preparing the proclamation
of war against Iraq.
· A task force of - 41 - U.S. soldiers
already entered Iraqi territory........
[Alquds Al-Arabi, 29/01/03]
CLICK HERE to learn more
about Saddam's secret weapons.
The German minister of foreign affairs
and temporary president of the U.N.O.
Security Council, Mr. Joschka Fischer.
THE TIMES, London, 27/02/03:
Headlines: "Labour mutiny leaves
Blair out on a limb." ..... "Case for
Iraq war rejected in biggest-ever
Baghdad in Flames
Following an incident that left
62 citizens of Baghdad dead
on a crowded market place,
March 28, after continuous
U.S. shelling of the Iraqi ca-
pital since the beginning of
war : An Egyptian professor
of law from Cairo university,
one of the judges of the na-
tional war crimes court and
who has already participated
in sessions against war crimi-
nals, is considering that very
incident as an example of war
crime and a crime against hu-
manity according to the laws
that are generally accepted.
[AL-JAZEERA interview with
Prof. Fuad Abad Al-Manaem
Riad, published 29/03/2003]
CLICK here and learn more about
anti-American demonstrations in a
period of destruction and anarchy
that followed the era of Saddam.
[photos by BBC London 15/04/03]