Britain hesitates on air raids against Iraq on eve of Ramadan

LONDON, Dec 16 (South News) -Britain balked Wednesday of the prospect of military action against Iraq after Prime Minister Tony Blair discussed the situation with military chiefs and with US President Bill Clinton.

Increasing doubt about the diplomatic advisability of air raids on Iraq on the eve of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, and a Blair spokesman cautioned that an attack required too much planning to be mounted "at the click of a finger."

Blair held 15 minutes of telephone talks late Tuesday with Clinton to discuss a report by Richard Butler, the head of the UN weapons inspection team, which says that Saddam Hussein's government has again refused to cooperate with the inspectors.