But Mr Blair described the war to depose Saddam Hussein as 'the first conflict in Iraq
', in contrast to the second conflict currently under way.
Saudi Arabia pledged to raise its oil production to cover shortfall in supplies resulting from a military conflict in Iraq
. As one scholar put it, "It is mind-boggling that as America gears up for a serious military operation against Iraq, the Defense Policy Board is receiving briefings on invading Saudi Arabia."(29)
Operational requirements during the current conflict in Iraq
may change the backdrop against which the 15th MEU and its aviation combat element operate.
An additional $20 million has been allocated in answer to the first round of appeals being received from humanitarian agencies following the outbreak of conflict in Iraq