Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on Saturday the Iraqis
will emerge victorious in their resistance against any US-led aggression.
"Fighting a war (against US-led forces) will settle a host of things, and
will enable Iraq to regain its glory," Saddam said at a cabinet meeting,
quoted by the official INA news agency (Getty Images)...
Last updated at: (Beijing Time) Sunday, February 23,
Saddam Says Iraqis will Emerge Victorious
Iraq is preparing itself for a possible US-led invasion, while pledging to
fully cooperate with UN arms inspectors to avoid any excuse for an
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said on Saturday the Iraqis will emerge
victorious in their resistance against any US-led aggression.
"Fighting a war (against US-led forces) will settle a host of
things, and will enable Iraq to regain its glory," Saddam said at a
cabinet meeting, quoted by the official INA news agency.
"The peoples will hear from us, and not from them, that the United
States attempts to torpedo Iraq's programs and principles, but we
will win the war," he stressed.
Speaking before his departure for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to attend a Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, Iraqi Vice President Taha
Yassin Ramadan denounced that the US war threat against Iraq is paving
way to change the world order "internationally, regionally and
The 13th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), scheduled for Feb.
24-25, is set to see the largest gathering of leaders from NAM's 114
member nations since NAM's founding in 1961.
Heads of state or government from at least 62 countries were expected to
attend the summit that would focus on the Iraq crisis, the Palestinian-
Israeli conflict, the Pakistan - India relations and the war against terrorism.
Ramadan on Friday noted that he will bring documents, tapes and other
information to the summit to show "the truth of what is happening
in Iraq," which will help prove "Iraq's cooperation with the
UN disarmament inspectors, the truth about the harm done to Iraq."
UN weapons inspectors took inventory of Iraq's Al-Somoud missiles on
Saturday, a day after chief inspector Hans Blix gave Baghdad an order to
destroy the missiles and their component parts.
Blix's demand came in a letter sent Friday to Iraq's top weapons expert,
General Amir al-Saadi, in which Blix cites the recent findings of a
panel of weapons experts, concluding that the Al-Samoud missiles exceed
the allowed range of 150 kilometres (95 miles).
A team of missile experts from the United Nations Monitoring,
Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) "inventoried Al-Samoud
2 components and sub-assemblies at Ibn Al-Haytham that carries out the
final assembly of the Al-Samoud 2 missile," their spokesman Hiro
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Mohamed ElBaradei said
Saturday Iraq was not fully cooperating with UN weapons inspectors and
UN inspectors "still believe that war is not inevitable."
"We are not getting full cooperation from Iraq," he told a
news conference in Tehran, adding his team is looking forward to getting
the due cooperation in the coming weeks.
Although Iraq has promised a full cooperation with the UN arms
inspection, Washington on Saturday threatened that the issue of Iraqi
destruction of Al-Samoud missiles alone is not enough to judge Baghdad's
willingness to disarm.
"Whether Iraq destroys its missiles or not, it has not complied
with the UN security council resolution 1441," said Amanda Batt, a
Batt echoed the words of President George W. Bush who said Saturday that
Iraq's banned missiles, which the United Nations has demanded be
destroyed, are just the "tip of the iceberg" of Baghdad's
US warplanes have taken the East Mediterranean under control,
mass-circulated Turkish daily Hurriyet(Freedom) reported on Saturday,
adding its two photographers aboard a special plane searched the
Mediterranean sea on Friday to try to find the ships carrying US
They found two ships off Karpaz, which were heading toward Iskenderun
port in southern Hatay Province, and on each of which there were 50-60
The United States has accused Iraq of hiding and secretly developing
banned weapons as well as having linkage with the al-Qaeda terror
network, and vowed to disarm Iraq by force if
The US administration kept beating the war drums by sending more
deployments to the Arab Gulf, which now amounted to 200,000.
The looming war has caused great concern over security among countries
in the Mideast region.
Kuwait's Arab Times reported Saturday that the Kuwait Army Command has sent a
cable to all army brigades and units, instructing them to increase their
alert from the current second degree (80 percent) to the first degree
(100 percent) starting from next Friday.
Kuwaiti Interior Ministry said on Saturday that it has arrested an Iraqi
who works for Iraq's intelligence services.
"Zuhair Faqira Mohammad Nader, a former officer in the Iraqi
Defense Ministry, confessed he provided military and security
information to intelligence officers in Iraq's Embassy in Bahrain."
In Egypt, more than 1,000 students of Cairo University gathered on campus Saturday
to protest against a US war threat against Iraq.
The demonstrators shouted anti-US and anti-Israel slogans, denouncing US
and British attempts to seek "colonialist and imperialist"
objectives in Iraq.
Qatar, the current chairman of the 57-member Organization of the Islamic
Conference (OIC), expects a summit on the Iraq crisis with nearly 30
counties responding positively.
Qatari liaison officers disclosed Saturday that up to 27 members have no
objections to a summit in early March, only 11 short of the quorum of
Allies fear Iraq plotting
'scorched earth' war
Saddam plans to destroy
everything in path of US and British assault
Sunday February 23, 2003
American and British war planners fear that Saddam Hussein may be preparing a
scorched-earth policy ahead of any US military attack, destroying roads, bridges
and other infrastructure to slow up advancing forces before a final and
potentially bloody battle for Baghdad.
The revelation of a series of worst-case military scenarios emerged as
military briefers, who have for months been portraying a military operation to
remove Iraq as a 'walkover', began to offer more gloomy scenarios of potential
Military analysts on both sides of the Atlantic now believe that an Iraqi
strategy is likely to focus on slowing down advancing coalition forces -
possibly with the use of chemical weapons or nerve agents - before a final
battle for Baghdad.
The analysts believe Saddam Hussein is counting on forcing a stalemate by
inflicting sufficient US casualties that any further advance becomes politically
unacceptable in the United States and the UK. According to Pentagon officials,
Saddam Hussein has given orders to blow up dams, destroy bridges and ignite
British sources have speculated that Saddam Hussein may engineer a
devastating humanitarian crisis against his own people - perhaps by use of
weapons of mass destruction or denial of food - that would also draw in troops
for humanitarian support, slowing any attack.
The deliberate leaking of the concerns over nightmare scenarios facing those
prosecuting the war may, however, have a more cynical intent: to avoid
accusations if the campaign encounters problems after months of leaks suggesting
how easy it would be to depose the Iraqi dictator.
There are, however, genuine reasons for concern. Although defence officials
are confident that much of the regular Iraqi army will surrender, they are less
certain about better equipped and trained formations.
Leaks from Iraqi officers suggest that even the Republican Guard may be
preparing to give up without a fight, but defence planners admit they have
little or no information about the elite Special Republican Guard, which has
between 15,000 and 30,000 soldiers dedicated to protecting the regime and is the
only force permitted inside Baghdad.
US officials believe that in any attack on Baghdad besieging forces would
most likely meet Iraqi forces deployed in 'collapsible concentric rings' who
would try to draw US troops into fighting for the city's streets.
A recent order to equip these special units with chemical-protective gear and
atropine anti-nerve agents has alarmed officers who fear they may use such
weapons in any defence of the city.
The nature of Iraq's potential defence strategy was revealed to Congress by
the director of the US Defence Intelligence Agency, Vice-Admiral Lowell Jacoby.
'If hostilities begin, Saddam is likely to employ a 'scorched-earth'
strategy, destroying food, transportation, energy and other infrastructure,
attempting to create a humanitarian disaster significant enough to stop a
military advance,' he warned.
US and British military planners have been hoping to avoid heavy fighting for
urban centres, with the high risk of casualties, and the even bigger political
risk of already widespread international opposition to such a war being
bolstered by media images of combat in civilian areas.
US troops have also had little training for fighting in urban areas in recent
years, despite efforts to improve their urban warfare skills after the debacle
But while planning for the nightmare scenario continues, officials admit they
simply do not know if the Republican Guard and Special Republican Guard will
follow Saddam Hussein's orders in the event of a war, or if they will switch
sides to save themselves.
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