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Key events: 10 March 2003
Key events in the run up to the Iraq war - Monday 10 March 2003


Clare Short and Tony Blair at the 2002 Labour conference

Fallout from Clare Short's Westminster Hour interview the night before dominates the news.

The then International Development Secretary said, "The whole atmosphere of the current situation is deeply reckless - reckless for the world, reckless for the undermining of the UN in this disorderly world, reckless with our government, reckless with his own future, position and place in history".

She adds that attacking Iraq would act as a "recruiting sergeant" for terrorists, and says she will consider resigning if there is no second United Nations resolution.


In an French television interview President Jacques Chirac, referring to the possibility of a second resolution that permits an automatic attack on Iraq, says,"Quelquefois le circumstance, le France voteran non" - "Whatever the circumstances, France will vote no". As a permanent member of the UN Security Council the French have power of veto.


Admiral Sir Michael Boyce issues his demand for unambiguous legal advice on the war.

Admiral Sir Michael Boyce

While he says he believes the war is justified he expresses concern that military personnel could be prosecuted for war crimes if it was illegal.

His demands for "unequivocal" advice are met with a short statement from the Attorney General saying Britain's actions were lawful under national and international law.

After the war Admiral Sir Michael told the Observer newspaper, "I required a piece of paper saying it was lawful... if that caused them to go back saying we need our advice tightened up, then I don't know".


John Brown resigns. A foreign service diplomat since 1981, he stepped down saying President Bush's Iraq policy was fomenting a massive rise in anti-US sentiment around the world and he could not support it. He becomes the second diplomat to resign.


At a White House news conference press secretary Ari Fleischer says, "If the United Nations fails to act, that means the United Nations will not be the international body that disarms Saddam Hussein. Another international body will disarm Saddam Hussein". He adds that there will be a "coalition of the willing".


Texan country rock band The Dixie Chicks
Texan country rock band The Dixie Chicks
- Ariel Sharon is briefed by the US military on CENTCOM'S warplan.

- Speaking at The Hague, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan says if the US acts alone it would be in violation of the UN charter.

- Natalie Maines, lead singer of the Texan country rock band The Dixie Chicks, declares on stage in London, "We're ashamed that the President of the United States is from Texas". The comments cause a storm back in Texas and they later apologised.

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