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  Six Iraqis killed in US-UK air attacks
Updated 03 March 2003, 19.23
The UN are looking for weapons in Iraq
Iraq has said six people have been killed and 15 injured in attacks by US and UK planes.

Military planes from the countries have begun to destroy some of Iraq's defences in two areas of the country called no-fly zones.

The planes are destroying things like missiles that could be used by Iraq against US and UK soldiers if a war starts.

Iraq has been destroying banned Al-Samoud missiles
Iraq has been destroying banned Al-Samoud missiles
Some of the people who don't want war reckon the bombing is a sneaky way of starting military action before the UN decides if it is the right thing to do.

Even without these latest attacks, war with Iraq could start in just over a week's time if reports are to be believed.

Lots of very important things are happening in the next 10 days, meaning war could begin on the 13 March.

The key dates are:

  • Sat 1 and Sun 2 March - Iraq destroyed a number of weapons that it is banned from having
  • Fri 7 March - Chief Weapons inspector Hans Blix decides if Iraq has destroyed its weapons and if they've been helping the inspectors enough
  • Wed 12 March - The United Nations votes to decide if military action must happen to destroy Iraq's weapons for them
  • Thu 13 March - If the UN votes that fighting can start it could begin as early as Thursday


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