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Last Updated: Saturday, 5 April, 2003, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Regional press on Iraq's future

With US troops making their first moves into Baghdad, newspapers throughout the Middle East turn their attention on Saturday to what some, but not all, see as the inevitable post-Saddam era.

The US's long-term aims in the region come in for particular scrutiny.

We would like to stress that if a government is formed without Iraqis, it will not be accepted in Iraq or any other Arab or Islamic nation. There will be no peace or stability in Iraq or the region.

Al-Ahram - Egypt

After the war, the situation will worsen, as different factions- political, religious sectarianism and racial will begin a new war on leadership. Iraq will move from one crisis to another. The Iraqi people will continue to be prisoners of these crises.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia

A glance at the configuration of American military movements in the region indicates that the activities of that country are not going to end with the toppling of Saddam Hussein.

America is trying to show that the war in Iraq is difficult - which could be a justifiable reason for a longer war and therefore the long-term presence of the American military forces in the region. This is in fact an effort to buy the necessary time for the United States to implement the final objectives of its scenario, the changing of the political geography of the region.

Tose'eh - Iran

It is not too early to begin to study how the US policy will evolve after the war in Iraq. Turkey, which finds it difficult to make the right assessment on options, should seriously focus on the matter.

Ilter Turkmen - Turkey

The Americans can see that their country, the only superpower in the world, is losing more friends.

Al-Jazirah - Saudi Arabia

If wrong behaviour leads to negative results, the fraternal people of Iraq will pay a heavy price for those wrongs and proud tyrannical policies.

Ukaz - Saudi Arabia

After the fall of the dictator and his regime everyone will realize that it would have been possible to prevent the crisis in Iraq and save ten thousands of troops, if they had listened to the president of UAE, HRH Shaykh Zayid, and international opinion.

Al-Watan - Kuwait

Time will prove that we were right when we backed the coalition forces in liberating Iraq.

Al-Ra'y Al-Am - Kuwait

As the war enters into its final stages as media reports say, danger is increasing in fraternal Iraq, which is paying the price of this destructive war alone.

Al-Bayan - UAE

What is happening to the Arabs in the war on Iraq is not different from the impact of the Palestinian situation on them. What happens to them comes from their lack of a political vision that distinguishes between the impossible and the possible, between interests and values.

Al-Hayat - London

Perhaps the Americans forces have won the battle for Saddam international airport and succeeded in taking it, but they have surely lost another battle which is more important in their psychological war, with Iraqi President Saddam Hussein appearing and touring Baghdad districts ... The Baghdad battle will be decisive by all standards.

American technological superiority will fade away as soon as American tanks clash with Baghdad defenders.

Al-Quds Al-Arabi - London

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