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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 July, 2003, 13:12 GMT 14:12 UK
Saddam sons dominate press

Arab papers shed no tears over the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay in a US military raid in the Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, but they are divided on the impact of the killings.

Some see the raid as a victory for the US and the Iraqi people, while others argue that it will make little difference to the situation on the ground.

The Iraqis will not weep for Uday and Qusay. They made a lot of people cry.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia


With the death of Saddam Hussein's offspring, a black page in the history of Iraq has been turned. Its people had lived under decades of subjugation, suffering and tyranny, in which the two brothers, Uday and Qusay, played a big role.

Al-Ittihad - UAE


That Uday and Qusay are dead is a victory for the Americans and, far more importantly, a victory for the Iraqi people.

Arab News- Saudi Arabia


We all realise that the deaths of Saddam Hussein's sons at the hands of US forces has thrilled the Iraqi people, the majority of whom have expressed great relief, particularly since this will give the Iraqi people more stability and security. The US, however, knows this will not change the political equation in Iraq.

Al-Yawm - Saudi Arabia


The killing of Uday and Qusay is the greatest military and moral victory the US has scored since the fall of Baghdad... The resistance might continue with Saddam Hussein himself as the main commander, but the shock of the death of his two sons could lead him to revenge through suicidal means.

Al-Riyadh - Saudi Arabia


The Mosul trophy will benefit first and foremost the American hawks who cannot get rid of the fire of criticism. Now that the bodies of Qusay and Uday lie in a US base, will [US Defence Secretary Donald] Rumsfeld's department regain its breath?... The Mosul operation comes at the right time for the White House lodger who wants to explain to the Iraqis the need for "democratisation" through "a manhunt for tyrants".

La Tribune - Algeria


The US media have given wider coverage to the Mosul battle... than it deserved, not because Uday and Qusay were killed, but to save President Bush from the anger of those whose sons and daughters are being killed in Iraq.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia


The US is trying to cover up its failure to bring the Iraqi resistance under control by making a resounding announcement of the death of deposed President Saddam Hussein's sons... Saddam and his sons have nothing to do with the Iraqi resistance... the invading forces will find themselves besieged by the valiant Iraqi resistance in a "black hole" from which they cannot escape.

Al-Ahram - Egypt


The Americans managed to kill Uday and Qusay, turning them from corrupt people into martyrs, and thus placed themselves in a bind. Uday and Qusay might be dead, but the resistance continues. This means that the members of the resistance are not members of the old regime. Isn't it so, Mr Rumsfeld?

Al-Hayah al-Jadidah - Palestinian


Could the Americans have captured Qusay and Uday, thereby making Baathist elements swallow eternal humiliation? Or did the Americans, in their desire to kill, avenge and exterminate the already extinct regime, grant the Baathists a "licence" that reduces their blame for surrendering without a fight?

Al-Ayyam - Palestinian


Uday and Qusay paid the blood tax to Iraq and to their father, who can now be proud of his two martyred sons. From the political point of view, following their heroic martyrdom Uday and Qusay have become an asset to the president, not a liability, as was the case in the past.

Al-Arab al-Yawm - Jordan


The killing of Saddam Hussein's two sons, Uday and Qusay, at the hands of US soldiers might be an important development. However, it is nothing to brag about... Summary executions and political killings represent the way and style of governance of the old Iraqi regime. They must not be the hallmark of the new Iraqi order. Uday and Qusay's killing will not change the picture unless the more basic issues and challenges are dealt with appropriately.

Jordan Times - Jordan


The former Iraqi regime was past history long before Uday and Qusay Saddam Hussein were killed. Their deaths merely confirmed this fact. Saddam's tapes, which emerge every now and then, will not revive the regime despite its attempts to use the ongoing resistance to serve its own interests. Moreover, the resistance has detached itself from any connection to Saddam.

Al-Jazeera - Saudi Arabia


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