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Thursday, January 4, 2001 Published at 12:19 GMT

Saddam Hussein: His rise to power
The president of Iraq for the past two decades has the dubious distinction of being the world's best known and most hated Arab leader, writes Gerald Butt.
Butler: Iraqi hate figure
The tough-talking head of the UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, Richard Butler, has been in the front line of efforts to monitor Iraqi compliance.
Kofi Annan: Man with a mission
Iraq has been one of the toughest challenges faced by the UN Secretary General in a long and distinguished career.
The Iraqi opposition: A simple guide
Middle East analyst Roger Hardy looks at the problems and prospects for Iraqi opposition forces.
Iraq: The UN's mandate
UN Security Council Resolution 687 in 1991 established the terms of the cease-fire which ended the Gulf War between the US-led multinational forces and Iraq.
US Interests In The Gulf
Arguments for military action have focused on the need to destroy Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But the US has wider interests to protect, writes Maurice Walsh.
London shoulder to shoulder with US
The instinctive reaction of any British government is to back Washington in a crisis, writes Diplomatic Correspondent Barnaby Mason.
Russian MPs brand Clinton 'sex maniac'
The Russian parliament's response to the air-strikes on Iraq has been "vitriolic".