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Thursday, November 20, 1997 Published at 16:56 GMT

World: Monitoring

Saddam thanks human shields, announces day of victory

Text of report by the Iraqi news agency INA

Baghdad, 20th November: Leader President Saddam Hussein has thanked all the sons of the great Iraqi people who headed for the people's palaces, factories and other installations to be a strong shield against the unjust aggression threatening our struggling country by the forces of evil and tyranny.

A statement issued today by Ahmad Husayn Khudayyir, head of the Presidential Office, said:

[ image: Iraqis fill the palaces]
Iraqis fill the palaces
The sons of our struggling, patient and steadfast people; the heroic men; the glorious women; the tribal members; the men of religion; and the patient children of Iraq have proven that they are faithful to the pledge and that they are always potential martyrs who respond to the homeland's call for martyrdom whenever the homeland is threatened.

Thus, they won the satisfaction of struggler leader Saddam Hussein, may God watch over him, after winning the satisfaction of God Almighty.

Source: INA news agency, Baghdad, in Arabic 1232 gmt 20 Nov 97

Saddam announces "Day of the People"

Text of report by Iraqi TV

[ image: Iraqis burn US flag]
Iraqis burn US flag
Dear citizens, leader mujahid President Saddam Hussein has ordered that this glorious day, 20th November 1997, be considered the Day of the People, the day in which the Iraqis achieved victory over the enemies and the covetous ones.

Congratulations to our great people on their glorious day.

May our beloved leader, Saddam Hussein, remain the apple of the eyes of the people, the homeland, and the nation; and may he achieve further victories with the help of the Almighty God.

Source: Iraqi TV, Baghdad, in Arabic 1452 gmt 20 Nov 97

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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