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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 2 April, 2003, 04:17 GMT 05:17 UK
Iraqi TV carries on the fight
Screenshot of Iraqi satellite TV
The TV is still broadcasting

Despite efforts by US-led forces to disrupt its services, Iraq's Satellite TV remains on the air, although the signal remains subject to interruptions.

BBC Monitoring looks at the programming the TV is putting out on Day 13 of the war. All times are local Iraqi (GMT+4), and items are regularly interspersed with patriotic songs:

0602 Recorded statements by Iraqi fighters on the streets of an Iraqi city, stressing their high morale.

0620 Recorded statement by a foreign journalist, who says he and his colleagues are in Iraq to know and report the truth. They deny that Basra is under coalition control.

0625 Rebroadcast of Iraqi Information Minister Al-Sahhaf's 31 March news conference.

0708 Recorded statement by a Russian correspondent on what he saw during his recent visit to Basra.

1028 Poem hailing Baghdad and the Iraqi people (singer in grey)
Patriotic songs are commonplace

0715 Video of Iraqi casualties. Screen caption says: "They are killing our children."

0812 Talk on fight of Iraqi tribes against British colonialists in the past and how the tribes achieved victory at that time. Footage shows old battles.

0824 Recorded statement by Iraqi Muslim cleric Sheikh Abd-al-Wahhab al-Tu'mah, who addresses all Muslims, especially Iraqis, urging them to fight the United States.

0831 Part of a recording of a news conference by Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri on 31 March.

0852 Recorded statement by Abd-al-Mun'im al-Musawi, imam and preacher of Bratha Mosque in Baghdad, urging fighting the Americans and British.

0940 Interview with an Iraqi woman activist, who talks about the role of women in the current war.

1000 Interviews with people from Al-Muthanna Governorate in the south who sing pro-Saddam songs and express readiness to fight in defence of Iraq.

1004 Video report from hospital showing a child reportedly wounded during the US and British bombardment.

1009-1021 Repeat of the text of a letter that Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri sent to UN Security Council President Mamadi Traore dated 28 March, in which he rejects any amendments to the oil-for-food programme.

1022 Patriotic songs calling on Arabs to realize that the United States wants to take over Iraq and praising the history of Iraq and its people.

1026 Video footage of anti-war protests with a frequently carried "The World Rejects the Aggression" title.

1028 Recitation of pro-Saddam poetry by an Iraqi in military uniform.

1037 Footage of world anti-war demonstrations shown.

1047 Report from Al-Najaf Governorate showing citizens condemning the coalition bombardment and destroyed houses.

1058 Presidential decrees ordering medals for troops and cash awards for their families.

1120 Video report of hospitalized wounded Iraqis. They describe how they were wounded by coalition aircraft and renew their love to President Saddam.

1130 Iraqi man in military dress describes how Iraqis defeated the British Army during the 1920 Revolution and says that Iraq's resources now are much more better and victory chances are much more stronger.

Iraqi fighter being interviewed by Iraqi TV
Statements by Iraqi fighters on streets of an Iraqi city

1142 Sheikh al-Tu'mah urges Iraqis and Arabs to be "cutting swords in the face of this fierce US campaign". He says that according to Shari'ah law those who help the occupation or support it in any way are apostates.

1150 Naji Sabri's news conference in which he orders the US and British forces to withdraw and calls on troops to surrender.

1200 Video footage of antiwar protests.

1204-1219: Several Republican decrees were issued ordering medals for military commanders and fighters and cash for families.

1224-1225: Civil Defence official interviewed. He expresses readiness to defend the homeland against the "enemies."

1233-1235: Iraqi Satellite Television Channel goes off the air.

1235-1239: A Westerner, most probably a journalist, is interviewed. He relates how he, along with a colleague, entered Basra. He says that they were taken to Baghdad because they entered Iraqi territory illegally, as they were told by Iraqi officials.

1246-1250: Report: Baghdad is defying the "aggression" on the 12th day of the war. Video shows a crowd of Iraqi citizens. A man pledges allegiance to Saddam Hussein. Another man in the crowd says that the Iraqis are not deterred by Bush and others. Video also shows Iraqis going about their normal business. Baghdad will not be defeated as long as tribesmen continue to uphold their values and principles and as long as the Armed Forces' "heroes" continue to perform their duties.

1257: A Western journalist, correspondent from Milan, is interviewed. He says that he was worried about the humanitarian situation in Basra. He relates how he arrived in Basra, saying that Iraqi officials treated him well.

1302-1310: Iraqis singing Saddam's praises in Iraqi slang are shown. Iraqi women in the Maysan Governorate are also shown singing Saddam's praises and pledging allegiance to him.

1316-1322: Call for noon prayers.

1337-1338: Prayers from a mosque.

1357: Patriotic song.

1400: Video footage of anti- war protests with "The World Rejects the Aggression" as a screen caption.

1411: Report on world anti-war protests. Video shows masses of people burning the American flag and calling for ending war.

1421: Announcer says Iraqis will not be intimidated by the US-UK bombardment of their cities and houses.

1429 -1442: Patriotic songs praising Iraq and President Saddam and his sons Uday and Qusay. Songs are accompanied by scenes from the PA areas, Lebanon, Egypt, and other Arab countries citing historical pan-Arab liberation movements and revolutions against colonialists.

1443: Shaykh Abd-al-Mun'im al-Musawai, preacher of Baratha Mosque in Baghdad, calls for jihad and says blessed are those who fight in defence of Iraq and their Islamic nation.

1448: Iraqi man in military uniform reads patriotic poetry. He says Iraq's oil will be fire that burns whoever tries to steal it and Iraq's water will be so salty for its enemies who try to drink it.

1500-1521: Newscast.
Screenshot from Iraqi News
Antiwar protests and damage to civilian facilties figure prominently

1530: Report on US-UK bombardment of Al-Najaf Governorate. Video shows demolished houses.

1541: Interview with a Russian newspaper reporter on war.

1552: Break in transmission.

1559: Station observed again.

1600: Station becomes unobserved again.

1623: Reception is restored. The television shows a group of Iraqis dancing and vowing allegiance to President Saddam Husayn.

1630: Press review of Iraqi newspapers.

1644: Short interviews with citizens on the damage caused by missile attacks on Baghdad, followed by patriotic songs.

1700: Footage of results of bombardment of Al-Najaf, with comment from announcer on how the helicopters attack civilian targets. This is followed by patriotic songs.

1724: Rally by Iraqi artists who vow to defend Iraq.

1730: Christian clergyman from Basra asks viewers to pray to God to make the evil ones stop their actions. The clergyman urges all church leaders all over the world to help restore peace.

1740: Patriotic songs and people shouting slogans in support of Saddam.

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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