United Nations weapons inspectors have returned to Iraq to begin the first search for banned weapons of mass destruction there in nearly four years.
The team of 17 inspectors flew to Baghdad from Cyprus today (Monday) and will start their search on Wednesday.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair is warning Iraq not to play what he calls a "hide-and-seek" game with inspectors. He says Britain reserves the right to attack Iraq if President Saddam Hussein defies the tough U-N resolution demanding Baghdad give up any chemical, biological, or nuclear weapons it may have.
The resolution requires Iraq to provide details on its weapons programs less than two weeks from now (December eighth).
On Sunday, Baghdad released a letter that Foreign Minister Naji Sabri sent to U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The letter again charges that the U-N resolution is a pretext to justify a U-S attack on Baghdad.
During his trip through Europe last week, President Bush urged all nations to support the U-S drive to rid Iraq of suspected weapons of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi military says it fired on U-S and British planes in the "no-fly zone" over southern Iraq just hours after the U-N inspectors arrived in Baghdad.