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  • Adam Whaley
    http://news.independent.co.uk/world/politics/story.jsp?story=354229 Bush seeks war aid from 50 countries By Rupert Cornwell and Stephen Castle 21 November 2002
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 21, 2002
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      Bush seeks war aid from 50 countries
      By Rupert Cornwell and Stephen Castle
      21 November 2002
      Terror and security

      Bush seeks war aid from 50 countries

      The United States set about building an ad hoc coalition for a possible war
      with Iraq as President George Bush said yesterday that the slightest delay
      or defiance by Saddam Hussein would invite "the severest consequences".

      On the eve of a historic Nato summit welcoming seven new members, Mr Bush
      said terrorism had supplanted the former Soviet Union as the main threat
      facing the alliance. "Never has our need for collective defence been more
      urgent," he told an audience of students in Prague.

      He called President Saddam "a unique and urgent threat" and made it clear
      that Baghdad had to make a complete and truthful inventory" of its weapons
      of mass destruction by the deadline of 8 December imposed by the United
      Nations. To deny their existence would be a lie, the President added, "and
      deception this time will not be tolerated".

      More than 50 US embassies are sounding out countries for their assistance in
      an invasion of Iraq. America intends to cap the Prague summit - which will
      extend invitations for membership to Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia
      and the three Baltic countries - with a formal endorsement by the alliance
      of its policy on Iraq. Nato as such will not be involved in any attack.

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