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3.24.03

Saddam rallies his troops and country

    (Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- Saddam Hussein is trying to rally the Iraqi people and his troops, as U-S-led forces get closer to Baghdad. Saddam addressed his nation today, vowing that allied forces will be crushed and "victory will be ours soon." The Iraqi leader appeared in full military uniform and seemed more relaxed than in an address last week shortly after the first round of cruise missile attacks on his capital. Saddam urged loyal Iraqis to cut the throats of the enemy and insisted that Iraqi troops will prevail against a more technologically advanced enemy. He also made specific reference to U-S tactics and the fighting around Umm Qasr, in an attempt to show the address was not a previously made videotape. And he praised his commanders, several of them by name, saying their units fought fiercely against coalition troops.
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