IRAQI CRISIS

                                                                                    Updated at 9:00 AM, Friday, February 5, 1999

The United States started airstrikes against Iraq. The U.S.' action was made in response to Iraq's continued defiance of U.N. arms inspectors.
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Iraq's new U.N. envoy Ambassador Saeed Hasan February 3 presented his credentials to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
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U.S. warplanes have taken off from Incirlik air base in Adana, southern Turkey, on February 3 for northern Iraq, the semi-official Anatolia News Agency reported.

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An Iraqi military spokesman said that Saudi pilots participated in the U.S. attacks on Iraqi military and civilian targets on February 2.

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The United Nations had ordered its American and British humanitarian staff working in Iraq to leave the country, saying it could not guarantee their safety.
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Egypt has reiterated its stance on opposing dismemberment of Iraq, the Middle East News Agency reported February 4.
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