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UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says ‘fighting has set Syria back decades’

American planes free to attack Iraqi radar sites

THE UNITED STATES has widened the rules of engagement for aircraft flying over Iraq, allowing them to fire on Iraqi air defence sites before they are targeted by them.

Risk of renewed US-Iraq conflict

THE UNITED STATES has told Iraq it risks further military action if it withdraws recognition of Kuwait. As tension escalates in the Gulf, there are signs Washington and Baghdad are moving towards open conflict, on a larger scale than December's aerial campaign. There were more attacks by US aircraft on Iraqi missile sites yesterday, and the US is reported to be drawing up plans for a larger campaign of air strikes.

Football: Around the World - Kuwait set to challenge Uzbeks for Asian crown

AFTER SOME shocks in the opening week, the football tournament at the Asian Games in Bangkok was less sensational when the second round began yesterday.

Britain cautious about attacks on Iraq

BRITAIN, which is sending two cabinet ministers to the Gulf this week to rally neighbouring states against the latest Iraqi intransigence, stressed yesterday that it was not pressing for the early use of force, writes Raymond Whitaker.

Bomb threat to US embassy in Kuwait

THE UNITED States embassy in Kuwait said yesterday an attack was possibly being planned against it, and a note found on a plane in Kuwait warned of a bomb attack on the US mission in the Philippines.

Letter: Ungrateful Saddam

Sir: With reference to the correspondence (Letters, 20, 22 June) prompted by Felicity Arbuthnot's article "Baghdad Stories"; it is a fact that whatever the international community do, Saddam Hussein will find ways to use the Iraqi people as a pawn in his deadly game.

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Photography: 98for98: The century in photographs: today 1991

The Independent and the Hulton Getty Picture Collection's photo- history of the 20th century arrives at 1991. On 17 January Baghdad felt the shudder from Allied planes dropping bombs over Saddam Hussein's capital. The deadline had passed on the UN resolution giving Saddam until 15 January to pull his troops out of Kuwait. However, it was not a deal on his terms, as neither the Iraqi withdrawal nor the freeing of all the hostages held by Iraq was negotiable. Saddam Hussein's information officer threatened that Bush would "repent" taking action, but, with an Allied force of 700,000 and contingents from 30 countries instigating the aerial bombardment of military targets and communications centres in Iraq and Kuwait, by 28 February the war was over. Saddam had agreed to withdraw his forces from Kuwait - though he told that his subjects that he had won the war.

Iraq: Air-strike force remains on alert

"I AM not going to let my folks change their commitment until Saddam Hussein complies with the written words of the agreement he has made," said Colonel Kevin Smith, commander of the US Air Force's 49th Operations Group, which includes all the 12 Stealth fighters in Kuwait. "We can't afford to relax our commitment. The people here hope we don't have to maintain this military build-up indefinitely, but they're also realistic. He hasn't followed through yet."

Focus: Lights, camera, war

Reporters and their crews are staking out positions for Gulf War II. The ratings battle has only just begun

Iraq Crisis: Dreams fade in face of Kuwait's siege mentality

Raymond Whitaker returns after seven years to find the country stagnating in its oil wealth

Law Report: 19 November 1997: Common-sense approach should be adopted by court

A broad common-sense approach should be adopted to the question whether actions were related for the purposes of an application to stay proceedings or to decline jurisdiction pursuant to the provisions of article 22 of the Brussels Convention.

Squash: Jansher's absence means the world to Eyles

Iain Fletcher meets the Australian who grasped the dream of a chance last week

Squash: Nicol beats Meads then predicts victory in Malaysia

Scotland's world No 2, Peter Nicol, launched his quest for the men's world open title in Kuala Lumpur with a straight-games victory yesterday - and then said he was confident of lifting the crown.

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