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Guardian misleads over UNSCOM 1998 and NFZs

The Guardian had a misleading chronology, which reported correctly that on
31 October 1998 Iraq ended all cooperation with UNSCOM, but not including
the information that UNSCOM then withdrew itself/was withdrawn by the UN
before the US/UK bombardment (also featured in chronology) ('Battle for Gulf
supremacy', 17 Feb, p. 3)

The Guardian also misreported the issue of the legality of the no-fly-zones,
saying that the southern and northern NFZs were 'originally designated by
the United Nations but enforced now only by the US and Britain' ('Allied
planes bomb Baghdad', 17 Feb, p. 1)


You may wish to point out that on UNSCOM the Telegraph got it right on p.
1 - 'UN inspectors pulled out before a series of intensive American and
British raids in December 1998 and Iraq has refused to allow them to return'
(final para.) and the FT got it right on p. 6 - '... Iraq has blocked UN
armaments inspection teams, which evacuated the country ahead of the last
significant US attack in December 1998, from returning.' ('Raid may deepen
split within UN')

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