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Friday, 16 February, 2001, 23:23 GMT
Allied attack on Baghdad
A minaret lit by tracer fire
Anti-aircraft fire lights the sky above Baghdad
On Friday US and British aircraft attacked military sites outside the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Approval for the air strikes was given by President George W Bush with consent from the British Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon.

20 February 2001

Under the UN sanctions even getting hold of spare car parts is difficult
Under the UN sanctions even getting hold of spare car parts is difficult

The UK and US Governments say they are reviewing sanctions against Iraq as part of plans to scrap those that might hurt the Iraqi people. The BBC's Orla Guerin reports from Baghdad on the effects sanctions are having on the lives of Iraqis.

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19 February 2001

Members of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party hold a poster reading 'Hands off Iraq'.
Members of Russia's Liberal Democratic Party hold a poster reading 'Hands off Iraq'.

The British government faces growing criticism by some of its European partners over the air raids on Baghdad. France, Turkey, Russia, China and a host of Arab countries criticised the raids, which the US and the UK insist were necessary to limit a dramatic increase in Iraqi attacks on their pilots patrolling northern and southern no fly zones.

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17 February 2001

There is popular condemnation in the Arab world
There is popular condemnation in the Arab world

Iraq threatens retaliation against Britain and America for the bombings. Despite international criticism, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair makes it clear that there will be more attacks if the Iraqis again target Allied aircraft in the no-fly zones.

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16 February 2001

Lt Gen Gregory Newbold
Lt Gen Gregory Newbold gave details of the attack at a Pentagon briefing

News of the air strikes was announced by the Pentagon at approximately 1900 GMT. There followed a detailed explanation to the media by Lt Gen Gregory Newbold who described the action as a "routine operation".

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President George W Bush
President Bush ordered the strikes before leaving for Mexico

The air strikes were approved by President George W Bush before he set off for an official visit to Mexico. He told journalists in Mexico why he had taken the decision to attack targets outside the no-fly zone.

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Geoff Hoon MP
Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon MP

Four British Tornado planes took part in the raids. Permission to use British forces was granted by the Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon. He was keen to underline the fact that Britain will work with the US to counter Iraqi aggression.

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Iraqi hospital
An Iraqi doctor treats a boy allegedly injured by the air strikes

Iraqi television showed pictures of children in hospital it claimed had been injured as a result of the strikes. The US military said all the targets were military and some distance from any civilian settlements.

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John Nichol
Former RAF Tornado navigator John Nichol

The former RAF navigator John Nichol was captured and taken hostage during the Gulf War 10 years ago. He recently returned to Iraq and told BBC Newsnight's Jeremy Vine about the sort of targets which had been attacked in the raids.

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Saddam Hussein
Analysts believe the strikes may boost Saddam's popularity

The air strikes coincide with heightened tension throughout the Middle East. Some believe George W Bush has old scores to settle with Saddam Hussein. Others believe the attacks play into the Iraqi leader's hands.

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