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(From Agence France Presse)
Baghdad stepped up concessions to UN arms inspectors in its latest bid to show full compliance as debate swirled in the West over whether -- and when -- diplomacy should cede to military action against President Saddam Hussein.
A U2 spy plane overflew Iraq on Monday, a week after Baghdad made the concession as the burden of proof that Saddam is not concealing weapons of mass destruction shifted relentlessly from the United Nations to Iraq in the countdown to all but certain war.
But as the United States and staunch ally Britain were reportedly preparing a strategy to win a UN Security Council green light to use military force, key peace advocates Germany and France held their ground at an emergency summit of the European Union on Monday.
Even before going into the …