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 Monday, 27 January, 2003, 13:13 GMT
Defiant tone from Iraq's papers
Baghdad's official media continued to criticise US threats of military action on Monday but remained silent on the key report due to be delivered by chief weapons inspectors.

"Death is the fate that it [the United States] should think about before anything else," government newspaper al-Jumhouriyah warned.

There are 25 million suicide attackers born in Baghdad and Iraq's cities, villages and desert

Al-Jumhouriyah
As well as highlighting Iraqi defiance, there were front-page reports of anti-war demonstrations around the world.

"Angry protests invade world capitals and cities to protest US threats against Iraq," said al-Jumhouriyah.

Al-Thawra, mouthpiece of the ruling Baath Party, said Iraq was preparing to face any aggression.

"When the moment comes, all human and material resources will be mobilised to confront the aggressors and defeat them," the paper said.

Al-Jumhouriyah warned: "It [the US] should realise that there are 25 million suicide attackers born in Baghdad and Iraq's cities, villages and desert."

The newspaper described US President George Bush as a "trickster" and said UK Prime Minister Tony Blair was a "despicable liar" who was "toeing the line of American aggressive policy to Iraq" despite "vociferous opposition" at home.

"In his hysterical statements, Little Bush has been openly voicing his frustration and his annoyance at the failure of American aggressive policy towards Iraq," the paper said.

"He does not care about demonstrations in Washington and other American and European cities condemning his sick threats.

"Nor does he care about the work of the arms inspectors."

US 'isolated'

Babel, a newspaper run by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's eldest son Uday, ran a front-page editorial accusing the US of double standards.

"Many are still wondering why is there such an aggressive campaign against us...when the evil (US) administration does not move a finger against the challenge presented by North Korea."

US President George W Bush
"Trickster" Bush only interested in oil, say Iraq's papers
North Korea has pulled out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and recently kicked out UN weapons inspectors.

"One of the main reasons for insisting on the aggression against Iraq - and not on any other country and not over any weapons of mass destruction - is the US interest" in oil, Babel said.

"US strategic interest in our Arab region is primarily about oil, as the US demand for oil is increasing and would peak within 15 years and Iraq's strategic reserves are the most important in the world," it added.

Al-Thawrah newspaper said the US was "completely isolated, domestically and internally, as a result of its threats and aggressions against Iraq".

"The only way facing Washington now is, therefore, to change its policy whose incorrectness and failure has been proven by events," the newspaper said.


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