Sunday, December 20, 1998 Published at 14:02 GMT
Analysis: Saddam stands firm
The Iraqi leader remains firmly in power
Middle East Correspondent Jim Muir looks at the possible impact of the bombing campaign on President Saddam Hussein's position in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein is a survivor who will stop at nothing to maintain his grip on power.
It is significant that much of the US and British bombing campaign was directed at the Iraqi Republican Guards and the Special Republican Guards.
These elite units have little to do with Saddam Hussein's ability to threaten his neighours, and a lot to do with his survival: they are his praetorian guard. Targeting them was seen as a way of weakening his internal position.
But even if they have been struck a hard blow - which is open to doubt - that by no means opens the way for Saddam Hussein's overthrow. His power is based on many other elements too, not least a vast network of ruthless intelligence agencies.
As for the visible Iraqi opposition based abroad, it is fragmented and in disarray.
The US and Britain have both recently thrown more weight behind the opposition, but it has been deeply embarrassed by the bombing campaign - the victims of which are perceived as being the Iraqi people.
That same perception has gained widespread currency among the Arab and Muslim nations where allied air strikes generated a great deal of sympathy for the Iraqis which Saddam will surely exploit to the full in the confused months that lie ahead.
In short, Operation Desert Fox may have left him in a stronger position than he was before.