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"Collateral Voices: A Report From the Frontlines of Iraq"

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The London Observer is reporting that George W Bush will announce within weeks that he intends to attack Iraq. A senior official said Bush is expected to announce a final decision in August on the timing of the war. This would then be followed by a British-led campaign to get a mandate for action at the United Nations. Meanwhile Secretary of State General Colin Powell rejected an Iraqi offer to have the chief UN weapons inspector come to Baghdad. This as Undersecretary of State John Bolton admitted Saturday the aim in Washington is to topple the Iraqi government even if it allows the return of weapons inspectors.

We now turn to a new documentary produced by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, who has just come out of Iraq.

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  • "Collateral Voices: A Report From the Frontlines of Iraq" is the story of the ongoing siege in Iraq. Focusing on the threats by the Bush administration to launch a large-scale attack on Iraq, Collateral Voices goes from the streets of Baghdad to Saddam’s inner-circle to the cancer-plagued hospitals of southern Iraq. It tells the story of a 3 year old boy dying of cancer caused by depleted uranium weapons, the story of a mother whose 6 year old son was killed by a US missile in the so-called no-fly zone in southern Iraq and the story of a suffering country facing yet another massive attack by the world’s only superpower. Collateral Voices was produced by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, who traveled in Iraq in May and June 2002.

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