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Iraq Time Line
Since the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in August of 1990, Iraq's relations with the United States have been marked by confrontation. Our time line reviews significant events in U.S.-Iraq relations since the Gulf War.
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1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 1999

IRAQ INDEX

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1997  
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November 2: Iraq refused to allow three American members of a U.N. inspection team into the country.
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November 13: Iraq expelled six U.S. weapons inspectors; in response, the U.N. removed the entire team.
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November 20: After a U.S. military buildup in the region, Iraq reversed course and allowed the return of the inspection team, but Iraq's repeated obstructions threaten to escalate the crisis.
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December 19: Faced with new evidence of Iraqi defiance, the Security Council began a new round of debate over how to gain unrestricted access for U.N. inspectors into suspected Iraqi weapons sites. But the 15-nation council is sharply divided about how to persuade President Saddam Hussein to cooperate.
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December 15: Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz tells chief U.N. arms expert Richard Butler that the inspection teams will never be allowed into "presidential sites" despite U.N. demands for unrestricted access throughout Iraq.
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