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Thursday, August 26, 1999 Published at 11:52 GMT 12:52 UK


World: Middle East

Saddam hits out at neighbours


The Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein, has condemned the governments of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey for allowing their bases to be used by Western aircraft carrying out attacks against Iraq.

Iraqi newspapers quoted Saddam Hussein as telling army commanders that the people of these countries did not want an American presence on their territory.

In the last few weeks, American and British aircraft have been carrying out almost daily attacks against Iraq and are frequently challenged by Iraqi air defences.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service



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