New Saddam tape aired

17 November 2003
An audiotape calling for greater resistance in Iraq, purported to be from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was aired by Dubai-based television station Al-Arabiya on 16 November. The speaker highlighted the failings of the invasion. 'They imagined and they made others imagine too that they are going on a picnic to occupy Iraq and destroy what they called weapons of mass destruction,' says the tape. The speech claims that the coalition has been weakened by persistent attacks against troops, and that the invaders have met a 'dead end'. 'There is no other way for the invaders but to leave the country, the land of Iraq, the homeland of Arabs and Muslims, cursed and frustrated,' says the voice on the tape. 'Fighting them...is a legitimate, patriotic and humanitarian duty and the occupiers have no choice but to leave our country Iraq, the country of Arabs and Islam, as cursed losers.'

The speaker also refers to calls for support from the US to the international community, and the rift it caused between countries. 'Some [countries] responded shyly to [the US] out of fear - Thus, they sent a few hundred soldiers to Iraq or donated a few hundred million dollars,' it says. 'Some sides apologised for not being able to offer anything. To the latter, we say that we and our people appreciate their stands.' (MEED 20:10:03)

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