[Last update: 14 August 2002]

US May Seize Arab Airports by Force to Attack Iraq: Report

by Xinhua News Agency


Lebanon received a report from diplomatic sources saying that the United States would seize by force several airports in Arab states when it launches a war against Iraq, the An Nahar newspaper reported on Monday.

The report said that US President George W. Bush would unleash the military offensive in January 2003 as he has to wait the outcome of the midterm elections of the Congress in November.

"Bush prefers to have Arab support for his war to remove Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and the US forces would have facilities in several neighboring Arab airports," the report said.

"At any rate," it stressed, "once zero hour comes, Bush will give the orders to use Arab airports by force for the military operation against Iraq if the need arises."

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