US SECRETARY of State Colin Powell last night listed 30 countries that have given their backing to a war with Iraq.
And he said 15 others who did not want to be named will be supporting US-led military strikes on Baghdad.
But only Britain, Spain and Bulgaria are on the UN Security Council. There was no support from Arab nations.
Powell declared: "We now have a coalition of the willing that includes some 30 nations who publicly said they could be included in such a listing."
He said he received messages of open support yesterday in telephone calls from Denmark and the Netherlands.
Other countries publicly backing action included Albania, Australia, Eritrea, Spain, Nicaragua, Estonia and Japan.
But world leaders last night voiced their anger at America's insistence on going into battle without the proper support of the UN.
Russian President Vladimir Putin phoned George W Bush to tell him he was wrong to attack.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder made an angry TV speech saying whatever threat Saddam Hussein posed it did not justify killing innocent Iraqi civilians.
And French president Jacques Chirac said the US carried a "heavy responsibility" over its war plans, but added his country would assist if Iraq used biological or chemical weapons.
President Putin said: "We have stood for resolving problems around Iraq through political means.
"I am convinced any other solution would be a mistake that could lead not only to human loss and suffering but destabilise the world situation. …