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Military build up
UK forces
Iraqi bases
Iraqi missile range
Dissident areas
Iraqi oilfields
Baghdad
Weapons sites
Presidential palaces


(uses Flash 5)

The Kurds in their north of the country and the Shia Muslims in the south are both partly protected by the US-British enforced "no-fly" zones.

The Kurds have at times opposed the regime and suffered brutal repression in return. Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons against them when they increased opposition activites during the Iran-Iraq war.

The two main Kurdish parties have a total of about 40,000 armed forces.

In the south, Shia Muslims have opposed the regime since the early 1980s, when they were backed by Iran during the Iran-Iraq war. According to some reports, the main militant group has a guerrilla force of between 7,000 and 15,000 men.