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[] FAIR 10.2002: What a Difference Four Years Makes: Why U.N. inspectors left Iraq - then and now,

Extra! Update, October 2002

What a Difference Four Years Makes

Why U.N. inspectors left Iraq--then and now

The U.N. orders its weapons inspectors to leave Iraq after the chief 
inspector reports Baghdad is not fully cooperating with them.

-- Sheila MacVicar, ABC World News This Morning, 12/16/98

To bolster its claim, Iraq let reporters see one laboratory U.N. inspectors 
once visited before they were kicked out four years ago.

--John McWethy, ABC World News Tonight, 8/12/02

The Iraq story boiled over last night when the chief U.N. weapons 
inspector, Richard Butler, said that Iraq had not fully cooperated with 
inspectors and--as they had promised to do. As a result, the U.N. ordered 
its inspectors to leave Iraq this morning

--Katie Couric, NBC's Today, 12/16/98/

As Washington debates when and how to attack Iraq, a surprise offer from 
Baghdad. It is ready to talk about re-admitting U.N. weapons inspectors 
after kicking them out four years ago.

--Maurice DuBois, NBC's Saturday Today, 8/3/02

The chief U.N. weapons inspector ordered his monitors to leave Baghdad 
today after saying that Iraq had once again reneged on its promise to 
cooperate--a report that renewed the threat of U.S. and British airstrikes.

--AP, 12/16/98

Information on Iraq's programs has been spotty since Saddam expelled U.N. 
weapons inspectors in 1998.

--AP, 9/7/02

Immediately after submitting his report on Baghdad's noncompliance, Butler 
ordered his inspectors to leave Iraq.

--Los Angeles Times, 12/17/98

It is not known whether Iraq has rebuilt clandestine nuclear facilities 
since U.N. inspectors were forced out in 1998, but the report said the 
regime lacks nuclear material for a bomb and the capability to make weapons.

--Los Angeles Times, 9/10/02

The United Nations once again has ordered its weapons inspectors out of 
Iraq. Today's evacuation follows a new warning from chief weapons inspector 
Richard Butler accusing Iraq of once again failing to cooperate with the 
inspectors. The United States and Britain repeatedly have warned that 
Iraq's failure to cooperate with the inspectors could lead to air strikes.

--Bob Edwards, NPR, 12/16/98

If he has secret weapons, he's had four years since he kicked out the 
inspectors to hide all of them.

--Daniel Schorr, NPR, 8/3/02

This is the second time in a month that UNSCOM has pulled out in the face 
of a possible U.S.-led attack. But this time there may be no turning back. 
Weapons inspectors packed up their personal belongings and loaded up 
equipment at U.N. headquarters after a predawn evacuation order. In a 
matter of hours, they were gone, more than 120 of them headed for a flight 
to Bahrain.

--Jane Arraf, CNN, 12/16/98

What Mr. Bush is being urged to do by many advisers is focus on the simple 
fact that Saddam Hussein signed a piece of paper at the end of the Persian 
Gulf War, promising that the United Nations could have unfettered weapons 
inspections in Iraq. It has now been several years since those inspectors 
were kicked out.

--John King, CNN, 8/18/02

Russian Ambassador Sergei Lavrov criticized Butler for evacuating 
inspectors from Iraq Wednesday morning without seeking permission from the 
Security Council.

--USA Today, 12/17/98

Saddam expelled U.N. weapons inspectors in 1998, accusing some of being 
U.S. spies.

--USA Today, 9/4/02

But the most recent irritant was Mr. Butler's quick withdrawal from Iraq on 
Wednesday of all his inspectors and those of the International Atomic 
Energy Agency, which monitors Iraqi nuclear programs, without Security 
Council permission. Mr. Butler acted after a telephone call from Peter 
Burleigh, the American representative to the United Nations, and a 
discussion with Secretary General Kofi Annan, who had also spoken to Mr. 

--New York Times, 12/18/98

America's goal should be to ensure that Iraq is disarmed of all 
unconventional weapons.... To thwart this goal, Baghdad expelled United 
Nations arms inspectors four years ago.

--New York Times editorial, 8/3/02

Butler ordered his inspectors to evacuate Baghdad, in anticipation of a 
military attack, on Tuesday night--at a time when most members of the 
Security Council had yet to receive his report.

--Washington Post, 12/18/98

Since 1998, when U.N. inspectors were expelled, Iraq has almost certainly 
been working to build more chemical and biological weapons,

--Washington Post editorial, 8/4/02

Butler abruptly pulled all of his inspectors out of Iraq shortly after 
handing Annan a report yesterday afternoon on Baghdad's continued failure 
to cooperate with UNSCOM, the agency that searches for Iraq's prohibited 
weapons of mass destruction.

-- Newsday, 12/17/98

The reason Hussein gave was that the U.N. inspectors' work was completed 
years ago, before he kicked them out in 1998, and they dismantled whatever 
weapons they found. That's disingenuous.

--Newsday editorial, 8/14/02

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