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'Saddam' letter: Full text
The full text of a handwritten letter said to be from the ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, published by al-Quds - a London-based Arabic newspaper - on 28 May, as translated by BBC Monitoring:

In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

"Throw that which is in thy right hand: quickly will it swallow up that which they have faked; what they have faked is but a magician's trick; and the magician thrives not, (no matter) where he goes."
(Koranic verse).

Saddam Hussein speaking on Iraqi television
The letter called for action against several Arab rulers

From Saddam Hussein to the mujahideen everywhere; to the courageous sons of Arabism; to members of the Arab Socialist Baath Party peace unto you and God's mercy and blessings.

While we fight and hunt the cowardly American and British enemy, we call on you to activate your political role by boycotting everyone that the criminal invading forces install to manage any of the Iraqi governmental and popular departments.

We also call on you, o brothers in jihad, to expel every traitor who supported the aggression or came with it, who falsely call themselves Iraqis. Boycott them and leave it to us to carry arms for destroying the criminal United States and those with it.

Know, o brothers in jihad, that every American and Briton will continue to live on the land of the Arabs frightened, worried and terrified if they do not withdraw from Iraq and change their positions towards the criminal Zionist occupation of Arab Palestine.

What we are asking from you is not impossible or difficult, despite the collusion of the regimes that were paid the price for selling Iraq with more humiliation and disgrace, such as the traitor [Egyptian President Hosni] Mubarak's regime, the cowardly and perfidious Jordanian regime, the traitors from the al-Saud [Saudi royal family] and the cowardly al-Sabah [family] in occupied Kuwait.

We tell our brothers in the Syria of Arabism do not become weak as this will only increase their transgression against you; demonstrate a defiant true Arab and Islamic spirit and do not be like the other regimes that are preventing assistance to their resistance brothers after having handed over a number of them.

O mujahideen of the Muslims and Arabs and o Baathists everywhere: this is your day when you must show your role which you cannot accept being confined to enthusiastic words that lack the right action.

Your Iraq urges you to increase the fears, worries and terror of America's cowards while we continue to strike them until death.

Long live every honourable mujahid. Long live the courageous sons of Iraq who are resisting the occupier. Long live the al-Faruq Brigades and al-Hussein units. Long live the army men who are fighting an honourable guerrilla war. Long live the Arab Socialist Baath Party members. Long live the mujahidat daughters of Iraq.

God is Great. Long live Iraq. Long live Palestine free and Arab from the sea to the river. Let the accursed be cursed.

The fourth written letter.

Saddam Hussein

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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