When the British Government returns after it's Christmas break on Tuesday, it is expected to announce that 20,000 troops are to be mobilised to the Gulf. The newspaper, Daily Telegraph, claims that 7,000 reservists were also to be recalled.
A spokesperson for the Government said: "War is not inevitable. We want a peaceful solution, but Iraq will not comply without a credible threat of military action. Ultimately the choice is Saddam's."
Approximately 60,000 US military members are already in the Gulf area, and this number is likely to double over the next few weeks.