Blair Sees Iraq Weakening as France Resists Early

(New York Times)- Speaking a day after Britain announced it was putting more than a quarter of its 109,000-member army in position for combat with Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Blair told senior members of Parliament Tuesday that a "massive amount" of new intelligence suggested that the escalation of armed forces in the Persian Gulf is shaking Saddam Hussein and undermining his rule over Iraq. France said it would press the European Union to oppose any hasty decision to fight and Germany already has said it would oppose a war, while Italy and Spain have tacitly approved Britain's position.

2003-01-22 00:00:00

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