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According to AP, 17 March 2003
"The United States, Britain and Spain withdrew their resolution on Iraq (news - web sites) Monday, blaming a threatened French veto for their decision to abandon efforts to win U.N. backing for military action. President Bush (news - web sites) gave Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) an ultimatum to leave his country or face a U.S.-led war.
The dramatic announcements, ahead of closed-door Security Council talks on the Iraq crisis, came as U.N. employees prepared to leave Baghdad, countries closed their embassies there and some foreign journalists pulled out.
The withdrawal of the resolution represented a crushing diplomatic failure for the United States and the United Nations on the eve of what looks like imminent war....
Moments later, French ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere said that in one-on-one consultations in the past hours "the majority of the council confirmed they do not want a use of force.
Shortly after the ambassadors spoke, the White House announced that Bush would address the nation Monday night."
Posted on www.globalresearch.ca , 12 March 2003
Israeli monitor intercepts order: War starting on March 18
SPECIAL TO WORLD TRIBUNE.COM Wednesday, March 12, 2003 TEL AVIV — The U.S. military has been ordered to launch a war against Iraq on March 18, an Israeli official said in a televised report.
Israeli government monitor, Michael Gurdus, reported on late Tuesday that the order was relayed by U.S. Central Command to all American forces in the Persian Gulf. Gurdus told Israel's Channel 2 television that he heard the order being relayed to U.S. fighter-jet pilots and others over U.S. military radio communications he intercepted.
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