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  Saddam's camps train boys for war
Updated 12 August 2002, 20.48
Members of Saddam's cubs training with their weapons
Teenage boys in Iraq are learning to be soldiers at special military camps called Saddam's Cubs.

They're training with pistols and AK-47s while studying Islam and politics.

  Click here to see the boys training

The camps have been set up by Saddam Hussein, the dictator who runs Iraq.

"We are sharp swords in the hand of President Saddam Hussein to be used to fight our enemies," said 14-year-old Mustafa Amir.

'Defending my country'

Boys practice firing AK-47 assault rifles
1,800 boys between 13 and 16 do three weeks training during their summer holidays.

15-year-old Sinan Abid Salman, said: "It is a pleasure to be trained to say that I am able to defend my family and country."

  Click here for info on Iraq and Saddam Hussein

Iraqis are worried the US will start a war against them because they think Saddam has lots of weapons which could be used for terrorism.

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