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Last Updated: Friday, 11 April, 2003, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Radio 'raps' Saddam Hussein
A US marine draping the Stars-and-Stripes on Saddam's statue
Saddam's humiliation continues
A radio station thought to be backed by the CIA has been broadcasting a gangsta rap-style parody of Saddam Hussein to Iraq.

The radio has a Saddam impersonator in its comic slot rapping out a message in English and Arabic to the tune of Coolio's Gangsta's Paradise.

Against a background of studio laughter, the singer proclaims he has had the devil by his side but now the game is up.

"If you don't like me, I kill you. I am Saddam," he sings in an English segment.
My days are finished and I will die - all I need is chilli fries
Saddam rap

"Bush wanna kick me, I don't know why and if I call him, he does me goodbye.

"Smoking weed and getting high. I know the devil is by my side

"My days are finished and I will die - all I need is chilli fries."

Switching to Arabic, the singer calls on his audience to dance, then continues in English:

"I am so dead, I am so bad. Stop killing Iraqis... I am big daddy, this is my game. I don't have feelings, I don't have shame.

"Forty-eight hours left, Bush said, all my troops left me and fled

"Now I am sitting by myself... I am going to hell."

Interrupted by his backing group, he responds with "May God curse you" in Arabic, then reverts to English for the second part of the song, which begins:

"I am for adoption, anybody wanna adopt me?"

After a brief burst of Arabic to say "I say I have a big heart and I say goodbye to you", he delivers the final refrain based on the words "Saddam in the house. Everybody in the house say we hate you" in English.

The backing group responds with "We hate you", repeated several times.

Radio Tikrit has been part of the anti-Saddam psychological operation - or "psyops" - since mid-February.

It is believed to be broadcast from a CIA transmitter in Kuwait.

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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