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Major General Tim Cross, Director General Defence Logistic Support, British Ministry of Defence

Major-General Tim Cross

was commissioned into the British Army in 1971. He has commanded at Platoon, Company, Battalion, Station, and Brigade level; and his operational experience includes Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Gulf, and two tours in Bosnia, with IFOR and SFOR. In 1999, as the Commander of 101 Logistic Brigade, he deployed to Macedonia, Albania, and Kosovo and was the UK Joint Force Logistic Component Commander with KFOR. He led the KFOR response to the refugee crisis in Macedonia and Albania, working alongside the international aid community in both countries, before moving up into Kosovo. He is now Director General, Logistic Support. He holds a master's degree in Guided Weapons.

UK to appoint deputy for interim authority

Richard Norton-Taylor in the Guardian Tuesday April 8, 2003

Britain is planning to appoint a senior army officer to act as deputy to Jay Garner, the former US general appointed by the Pentagon to head an interim authority to control Iraq after the war.

Major General Tim Cross, who has been coordinating humanitarian aid to the port of Umm Qasr in southern Iraq, has been earmarked for the job, the Guardian has learned.

Gen Cross is a logistics expert and has previously organised refugee camps in Macedonia and Kosovo. Officials from government agencies, including Clare Short's Department for International Development, are also being lined up to act as deputies to Americans in the Pentagon's Office for Restruction and Humanitarian Assistance, Whitehall sources said.

However, they said the government is far from happy with the Pentagon's appointments to the authority, which include a number of cronies of hawks in the Bush administration, such as James Woolsey, former head of the CIA.

Ministers are concerned about the Pentagon's ambitions in Iraq and Washington's antipathy towards giving the UN a role. The issue is on the agenda of the Bush-Blair summit in Belfast. Yesterday, the UN secretary general, Kofi Annan, said he expected his organisation to play an important role in rebuilding Iraq. He named Rafeeuddin Ahmed, a Pakistani UN official, as his special adviser on Iraq.

The main Shia opposition and Kurdish groups this week dismissed the Pentagon's plans and the decision to put Gen Garner in charge. Further questions about the shape of the proposed interim authority were raised yesterday when Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress, an opposition group in exile, was reported to have turned up in the southern Iraqi town of Nassiriya at the head of 700 fighters. An INC statement on Sunday said they would take part in delivering humanitarian aid and maintaining law and order. Mr Chalabi is a favourite of the Pentagon but is distrusted by the US state department.