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US Iraq: Glance

-- President Bush is chiding U-S allies for their reluctance to wage war against Iraq. Bush says Saddam Hussein has "been given ample time to disarm."

-- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has told British lawmakers "the intelligence has grown over the last couple of months" that Iraq is concealing chemical and biological weapons.

-- France is hinting that it may veto any U-N resolution calling for military action against Iraq. China and Germany also made it clear Monday that they're not ready to move ahead with the use of force against Saddam Hussein.

-- A senior Iraqi official says Baghdad will work more closely with arms monitors under a new U-N accord, but the U-S military will probably attack Iraq anyway.

-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has ordered the Navy to double the number of aircraft carrier battle groups positioned within striking distance of Iraq.

IRAQ-TIMELINE:

-- Iraq filed its report by the December eighth deadline to provide weapons inspectors and the Security Council with a complete declaration of all aspects of its chemical, biological and nuclear programs.

-- Weapons inspectors resumed inspections Wednesday, November 27th, and are to report to the Security Council 60 days after the start of their work. But they are to immediately report any Iraqi interference with their work, any failure by Iraq to comply with disarmament obligations, and any false statements or omissions in its declaration.

-- Upon receipt of such a report from inspectors, the Security Council will immediately convene to consider the situation and the need for full compliance in order to restore international peace and security.

FAMILIAR FACES, NEW JOBS

A look at what some top Bush administration officials did during the Persian Gulf War and where they are now.

COLIN POWELL: then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; now secretary of state.

DICK CHENEY: then defense secretary; now vice president.

TOMMY FRANKS: then assistant division commander for the First Cavalry Division; now head of the military's Central Command, which would lead any E-S gar against Iraq.

PAUL WOLFOWITZ: then undersecretary of defense for policy; now deputy secretary of defense.

RICHARD ARMITAGE: then special emissary to Jordan's King Hussein; now deputy secretary of state.

CONDOLEEZZA RICE: then senior director of Soviet and East European affairs in the National Security Council; now national security adviser.

DONALD RUMSFELD: then chairman and chief executive officer of General Instrument Corp.; now defense secretary.

RICHARD MYERS: then part of the Tactical Air Command's headquarters staff at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia; now chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

GEORGE W. BUSH: then managing general partner of Texas Rangers baseball team; now president and commander-in-chief.

CURRENT POSITIONING OF U-S FORCES WITHIN STRIKING DISTANCE OF IRAQ:

_Kuwait: About 12,000 troops, including more than 7,000 Army soldiers, are deployed in the desert at multiple Army and Air Force bases. The main Army post is Camp Doha, about 35 miles from the Iraqi border.

_Saudi Arabia: About 6,000 U-S forces, mostly Air Force pilots, crews and support personnel at Prince Sultan Air Base near Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

_Bahrain: headquarters for the Navy's 5th fleet. There are about 4,000 sailors and Marines in Bahrain. The 5th fleet's aircraft carrier, the USS "Lincoln," has more than 5,000 sailors aboard in the Persian Gulf.

_Qatar: More than 3,000 U-S forces are in this tiny emirate that protrudes like a thumb from Saudi Arabia's eastern coast. Their main location is al-Udeid air base, which could serve as a hub of air operations if the Saudi's do not allow the United States to run the air war from their Prince Sultan air base.

_Oman: American forces use three air bases: al-Seeb, Thumrait and Masirah. In addition to flying aircraft from these bases, the United States also stores war reserve materiel at the three sites.

_Turkey: U-S air crews fly regular missions over northern Iraq from Incirlik air base in south-central Turkey. U-S officials have discussed with Turkish authorities the possibility of using other Turkish bases.

IRAQ'S MILITARY STRENGTH:

According to military officials and experts at Jane's, Periscope and the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Troop strength:

_Army has between 350,000 and 400,000 troops.

Weapons:

_2,200 main battle tanks.

_1,000 armored reconnaissance vehicles.

_8 0 light tanks/infantry fighting vehicles. _2,000 armored `personnel carriers.

_200 self-propelled artillebi gens, 1,500 towed artillery guns.

Aircraft:

_200-300 interceptors and attack aircraft, and 100 combat helicopters.

Air defenses:

_400 surface-to-air missile launchers.

_1,000 portable surface-to-air missiles.

_6,000 anti-aircraft guns.

Missiles:

_Short-range (less than 90 miles) surface-to-surface missiles.

_Between 2 and 20 Scud launchers and missiles.

The A.P.'s practice is to refer to Saddam Hussein on second reference as Saddam, based on two considerations:

First, Hussein is not his family name. Saddam is his given name; Hussein is his father's given name; this is common in Arab families. His full name is Saddam Hussein al-Majd al-Tikriti, but he uses neither al-Majd, which is akin to a family name, nor al-Tikriti, which is a name for his extended family or clan derived from the Tikrit region where the leader is from.

Second, he is not usually referred to as Hussein by people in Iraq or elsewhere in the region. Political leaders, newspapers and Iraqis call him simply Saddam or by both names.

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