Iraq says it will beat the Sunday deadline for providing a complete list of its weapons programs by turning the crucial document over to U-N inspectors on Saturday.
Hussam Mohammed Amin -- the chief Iraqi official working with U-N arms inspectors -- says the declaration will have what he called "new elements." But Mr. Amin repeated that Iraq has no banned weapons of mass destruction.
To avert possible U-S military action, President Bush says Iraq must willingly provide clear and complete evidence it has no banned weapons.
In a Pentagon speech Monday, Mr. Bush said the United States will be making just one judgment -- has Iraqi President Saddam Hussein decided to cooperate willingly and completely -- or has he not? Mr. Bush said he believes the signs are not encouraging.
U-N inspectors staged a surprise search of one of President Saddam's presidential palace complexes Tuesday. Inspections resumed six days ago after a four-year lapse, and U-N Secretary-General Kofi Annan says Iraqi cooperation has been good so far.
Chief U-N weapons inspector Hans Blix says Iraq has not obstructed inspectors during their first week of work. But he says Iraq must explain Monday's discovery of missing equipment at a ballistic missile design plant in Baghdad.
Turkey, meanwhile, says it will open its airbases to U-S warplanes attacking Iraq -- but only if there is United Nations approval of military action. Turkish Foreign Minister Yasar Yakis says another U-N resolution would be needed if there is to be war against Iraq.
U-S forces in Qatar are completing a new command center likely to serve as headquarters for any U-S strike against Iraq. Hundreds of U-S Central Command officers are holding a 10-day long military exercise at the Qatari base later this month.
The United States already uses Turkish air bases to patrol a "no-fly" zone over northern Iraq, in place since the end of the 1991 Gulf War.