Iraq 'massing troops'

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The US ambassador to the UN, Madeleine Albright, said yesterday that Iraqi revolutionary guards were massing against Kurds in the north and that Baghdad had placed its forces on a higher state of alert, according to her spokesman James Rubin, Reuter reports from New York. Ms Albright was speaking at a closed-door Security Council session reviewing sanctions on Iraq, imposed in August 1990 when Baghdad's troops invaded Kuwait.