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Struggle for Iraq
Introduction
Click on the events below to read about Iraq's history
Saddam's rise:
1957-79
Iran-Iraq war:
1980-88
Gulf War:
1990 - 1991
Containment:
1991-2002
Second war:
2003-06
Young activist
Hardline deputy
War breaks out
Israeli bombing
Chemical warfare
Western support
Truce and debt
Kuwait invasion
Desert Storm
Scud missiles
Civilian casualties
Ground war
Iraqi ceasefire
Uprisings
After the war
No-fly zones
Oil-for-Food
Desert Fox
Inspectors barred
US-led invasion
Saddam captured
Iraq in turmoil
Trial of Saddam
INSPECTORS BARRED, 1998 - 2002

Within days of Operation Desert Fox, Iraq said it would not let Unscom inspectors back in.

Calls for the body to be restructured or replaced grew as the row about its role in US and other countries' intelligence gathering increased.

In June 1999, Unscom head Richard Butler stepped down as his contract ended.

Six months later, Unscom's successor body, Unmovic, was established, but Iraq refused it entry.

With no inspections in Iraq, uncertainty grew about possible new weapons programmes.

Photo of Iraqi Ababil-100 missile, from British government's dossier of evidence
Fears about weapons programmes grew

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