War & politics: Sept 11th, bin Laden, Middle East news, from my own perspective.
""What we should learn from that is that if there is a gathering threat or danger, let us deal with it before it materialises, rather than afterwards," he said."
"Britain's defence ministry is planning a mass mobilisation of key reservists from September, The Daily Telegraph reported, calling the move a heightening of preparations for an attack on Iraq.
Britain has also decided to withdraw 1,500 troops from NATO's rapid reaction force, freeing them from two major exercises this autumn in Germany and Ukraine, the newspaper said.
The decision to pull the troops was taken last month, the same time the government announced that Britain is withdrawing its 1,700 Royal Marines from Afghanistan, it added.
In addition, 3,000 members of Britain's main fighting force, 1 (UK) Armoured Division, have been withdrawn from a tank exercise in Poland"
"The U.S. operation to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will take place in the coming months, even before November's Congressional elections, according to high-level sources in the French government."
"Over three weeks, troops will play out a scenario that echoes real-world events involving simulated weapons of mass destruction, urban warfare, the United Nations and humanitarian relief"
" The impression Wolfowitzâs left is that the timing will likely be in January or February 2003, following US congressional elections."
It could be dis-information though.