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III. VICIOUS ATTACK ON SAUDI ARABIA, AL-JUMHURIYA, FEB 17 IV. THREATS TO SAUDI ARABIA AND KUWAIT, AL-IRAQ, FEB 18 V. MORE THREATS, AL-QADISIYAH, FEB 18 VI. NO FLY ZONES ARE INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM, AL-THAWRAH, FEB 21 III. VICIOUS ATTACK ON SAUDI ARABIA Baghdad Al-Jumhuriyah in Arabic 17 Feb 99 pp 1, 2 ["A Word" column by Dr. Salman Zaydan: "The Saudi Rulers and the Satan's Whims"] [FBIS Translated Text] The statement issued after the Iraqi leadership's meeting on Sunday, which examined the current situation and the confrontation of the US-British aggression on our national airspace with the practical help and participation of the Saudi and Kuwaiti rulers, did not only aim to recall the seriousness of this situation and its repercussions on the state of affairs in the region, particularly on the sources and means of the aggression, but it also had clear implications and objectives. This statement cautioned the rulers in Najd, al-Hijaz, and Kuwait that they should stop their detestable hostility, which is doing further harm to Iraq and killing more Iraqi women, men, children, and old people. It also warned these rulers against the grave consequences of deliberately continuing the destruction of the Iraqi people's civil property by playing an infidel and lowly role that serves their US masters who want to take revenge on Iraq and its faithful will and also on the patience of the great Iraqi people. Given the fact that the Saudi and Kuwaiti rulers have for many years been showing this erratic hostility and drowning themselves in sins up to their rotten heads--because they pretend to be affiliated with tolerant Islam, which has nothing to do with them--they are now living in the corners of the Satan, treason, humiliation, and corruption. These rulers also seek to keep all the factors harming and destroying the Arab nation, on the one hand, while widening the sea of blood between them and the Iraqi people, who have offered sacrifices based on the meanings of the deep faith in God, the noble principles of tolerant Islam, and the implications of the faithful pan-Arab responsibility, on the other. What is the meaning of this shameful conduct of the evil traitors who went down to the abyss, stabbed the Arab nation and Iraq in the back, and allowed the infidel foreigner to step on the Arab and Muslim sanctities after they colluded with him in order to strike at the faithful, struggling, mujahid, lofty, and great Iraq?! To begin with, we say that the hostile, treacherous, and lowly conduct of the Najd and al-Hijaz rulers practically removes the sanctity of the holy land because it was turned into a scene for the infidel Americans and their British allies who use this land as a springboard for the daily attacks on the sincere believers in great Iraq. Iraq rejects falsehood and tells the truth, but it was afflicted by these lowly and rascally rulers who learned from their masters the telling of lies, rancor, malice, disinformation, and charlatanism after their masters removed from their hearts, conscience, and minds all the noble meanings as well as the honor of manliness and position. We do not know how the Saudi ruler can call himself the custodian of the two holy mosques at a time when events as well as his own hostility, rancor, treachery, and all his actions prove that he is actually the custodian of hateful Zionism and of the despotic state and its erratic administration? Perhaps, the most prominent and clearest example is the current deviant conduct of this ruler who could not even distinguish between the national interests of his own people and country and the US and Zionist hegemony that tries to achieve its expansionist ambitions by continuing the rotation of the petrodollar profits and working for the elimination of the free Arab will. Another fact that should be pointed out is that 40,000-50,000 US troops are desecrating the holy land in Najd and al-Hijaz. Moreover, there are stored weapons and equipment for these troops, in addition to the large-scale facilitation this humiliated and lowly ruler extends to the enemies of the Arab nation, Islam, and Iraq. There are also 440 aircraft, including 397 US aircraft stationed on the waters and soil of this ruler. These forces did not come to the holy land in Mecca and Medina or to the Arab waters for the purpose of military tourism but rather to achieve long-term strategic ambitions. This was confirmed by Norman Schwarzkopf, an infidel American, who said: "Here exists the elixir of the West's life." This region has 70 percent of the world oil reserves with a hypothetical age up to the end of next century, whereas the industrial and other states only have 55 percent of the world oil reserves with a hypothetical age not exceeding the first decade of the coming century. Hence, is the Saudi ruler, who stabs the national and pan-Arab interests in the back and continues his wrongdoing and crimes against Arabism, Islam, and the Iraqi people really "a custodian of the two holy mosques" or rather a custodian of Zionism and the infidel United States?! But if he does not proceed in this direction, then he is duty-bound to lead the mujahidin against falsehood and should vie with the Iraqis for confronting and thwarting the evil because the Iraqis are Arabs and Muslims and are defending the rights and noble values on the national, pan-Arab, and humanitarian levels. We pose this question to the loafers in the Saudi newspapers of Al-Riyad, 'Ukaz, and Al-Nadwah who, exactly like their rulers, have followed the Satan's whims and the desires of their US and Zionist masters and joined their mean and malicious tone that calls for taking revenge on Arabism, great Iraq, and its mujahid leadership and enduring people. Let these ones and others know that the anger of an ignorant one appears in his words while the anger of a sensible one appears in his deeds. Thus, everyone should know that the anger of the honorable ones appears in their deeds and not only in their words. I swear by God that the most cowardly ones are those advocating falsehood when they are checked by the faithful owners of rights. IV. THREATS TO SAUDI ARABIA AND KUWAIT Baghdad Al-'Iraq in Arabic 18 Feb 99 pp 1,6 [Editorial: "We and the Campaign of Lies and Hatred in the Media of the Traitor of the Two Holy Mosques"] [FBIS Translated Text] The Saudi trumpets, represented by the corrupt Saudi media that is impregnated with rancor and grudges and the feelings of hatred that are deeply embedded in the hearts of this straying clique which claims to be Arab, have launched a fierce campaign against lofty Iraq that stands fast against the aggression and the US aggressors whose planes pour their evil fire on our holy land from the bases of treason and deception in the land of Najd and Hejaz and Kuwait. The papers that speak on behalf of the traitor of the two holy mosques began in past days to publish provocative articles instigating against Iraq and criticizing it in a cheap way to distort the statement by the Iraqi leadership which honestly and with a sense of responsibility expressed the feelings of the Iraqi people and the Arab masses on the need to adopt effective and serious actions to end US military belligerence and violation of our air space and attacks on our territories that daily wound and kill people. The details, expressions, and purport of the Iraqi leadership's statement are clear. The statement aims to enlighten the rulers of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and counsel them to stop treading the dark path and concocting conspiracies, and to refrain from remaining immersed up to their ears in the evil plans targeting Iraq and the Iraqi people and exposing Iraq's national fate and sovereignty and the security of its people to dangers with dire consequences. From the premise of genuine national feeling and the righteous principles of Islam and in abidance by the prophet's saying that religion is advice, the Iraqi leadership's statement expressed an honest course of action in a language and form that honestly and surely embodies the many values and ideals, religious, national, and pan Arab commitments in which Iraq of the struggler and believer Saddam Husayn believes. The Iraqi leadership confirmed in its statement that the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are following a dangerous and destructive course by practically taking part in the US aggression on our territories and people. Therefore, they are committing a grave and unforgivable mistake and crime because they participate in attacking an Arab and Muslim country, killing its people and exposing its national resources, cultural, civilization, humanitarian, and industrial achievements to total destruction to please their masters in Washington, London, and Tel Aviv. Because the Saudi media is its master's voice and because it is master at only changing and distorting facts and spreading lies, the hate campaign by the media of the traitor of the two holy mosques against the Iraqi people was launched as a desperate attempt to deceive the masses of Najd and Hejaz and warn them against Iraqi threats which only exist in their minds that are void of anything noble, honest, and true. Free lofty Iraq is not used to jumping over the facts, resorting to lies and cheap deception, or playing games which the US media machines and their lackeys in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait master. The honest Iraqi leadership is clear in all its actions and statements. We have become accustomed to clear concepts and logic, and explicit statements, as it is not in our habit or part of our conduct or principles to play with words as it is a cheap industry that has its people. As for us, we just state facts and place them in front of our people and the Arab masses. Don't you agree with me? V. MORE THREATS, IRAQI LEADERSHIP STATEMENT Baghdad Al-Qadisiyah in Arabic 18 Feb 99 pp 1, 2 [Article by Hani Wuhayyib:"Our Valiant Resistance and the US Feeling of Isolation] [FBIS Translated Text] We demonstrated a valiant steadfastness in confronting the recent US-Zionist aggression and valiant resistance to the violation of the sanctity of our national airspace by the US and British aircraft. One of the most prominent results of this has perhaps been the ultimate exposure of the exclusive US-British role in launching the treacherous aggression against Iraq without having any cover, albeit feeble international authorization, or pretext. In spite of the silence of some countries and regimes over the aggression and the lack of seriousness by others in condemning it, there has been extensive condemnation of the aggression. Numerous countries, including permanent members of the Security Council, condemned the aggression and there has been growing Arab and international popular condemnation of the aggression. All of this has exposed the aggressor nature of the tendentious US position against Iraq. Furthermore, the manner with which the valiant Iraqi national resistance has confronted the violation of our airspace by the US and British aircraft and the courage of the Iraqi air defenses in pursuing the raiding aircraft have exposed the aggressor and destructive goals of these aggressor aircraft. They have exposed the goals of these intensive sorties and in such large numbers of formations, the size of damage to life, equipment, and property, and their direct targeting of civilian targets. They have also more clearly revealed the bases from which they are specifically launched and from certain and known bases in the Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Turkish territories and waters. Moreover, it has become clear to everyone which countries are the main parties to the aggression and which countries and sides participated in the aggression in a direct and frank manner. All of this cannot be concealed by any cover and no pompous or naive denial can blot out the facts that are visible to the whole world on the screens of Arab and world television networks. For in addition to the admissions by US and British military commanders such as Zinni and Robertson and others and to the forces that are already deployed on the Saudi and Kuwaiti territories, the US and British forces and fleets are continuing their build up in the Arab Gulf waters. There are so many names of US and British aircraft carriers, destroyers, and warships that have become known to everyone. In fact, the world media has been following their routes and their passage through the oceans and international waterways and until they anchor in their bases in the Arab Gulf. They include the Enterprise, Invincible, and Newcastle, and the aircraft carrier Carl Vincent from which some of the aircraft currently take off to attack Iraq. It is one of several aircraft carriers that arrived and are anchored in their bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait since the middle of December. The Carl Vincent alone is escorted by 8-12 warships and destroyers that are deployed in the same place. It has a crew of around 5500 marines and pilots and several of them made statements to the press in which they affirmed that they were welcomed by the Saudi and Kuwaiti leaders and that they extended financial and logistical support. They also affirmed that they attack their targets in Iraq without any consideration for the outcome because according to them, this is within the jurisdiction of the US leadership. When asked by journalists as to why they were attacking civilian targets, they did not deny this. Some of them used the excuse that mistakes do happen due to lack of accuracy and frankly and implicitly admitted that they attack Iraqi civilian targets at US orders. Thus, the US and British evil and aggressor aims behind the violation of the Iraqi airspace are revealed. Iraq had cautioned the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait and explained the seriousness of their participation in this clear and blatant aggression against Iraq and of the ability of Iraq to continue to defend itself and to reach the sources and means of aggression. When it did that, the United States quickly portrayed this caution as a threat by Iraq. Albright launched her futile threats of what she described as a swift and firm response to Iraqi threats to attack the air bases in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait from where the US and British aircraft take off to attack Iraq. Thus, Albright once again admits that their hostile aircraft take off from the Saudi and Kuwait territories to attack Iraq. Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Beacon hastened to affirm that the United States was capable of attacking Iraq with lightening speed and estimated that the aircraft would continue to launch their raids as long they continue to come under Iraqi fire. However, he did not stop to ask himself as to what were the US aircraft doing in Iraqi airspace to make them come under Iraqi fire. This man and others in the US Administration may have been deluded into thinking that flights of the US and British aircraft over al-Basrah, Mosul, al-Najaf, Dhi Qar, Dahuk, or Irbil are taking place over Chicago in the north of the United States or over Florida in the south. He may have also been deluded into thinking that the Iraqi missiles were following these aircraft there. US Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig on Tuesday began what he called an inspection tour of the Arab Gulf. The information regarding the meaning, motives, and timing of this suspicious tour at this particular time indicate that it is intended to set in motion a continuing violation of Iraqi airspace by the US and British aircraft. The tour is also intended to ensure the availability of the logical support that would facilitate the continuation of their hostile missions. Furthermore, the Zionist Jew Sandy Berger, US national security adviser, also commented on the caution that Iraq addressed to the leaders of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He regarded the Iraqi caution urging them to refrain from allowing the US and British aircraft to take off from Saudi and Kuwaiti territories and airports as an Iraqi attempt to isolate the United States. He warned Iraq against this and threatened it of what he called the consequences of its positions. Thus, we have the US contentiousness and feverish endeavors to impose the US hegemony over the entire world and some have submitted to the United States and bowed to its demands of implementing its hostile schemes against Iraq. There is also the magnificent Iraqi steadfastness that embodies the spirit of the Arab nation against the US-British-Zionist aggression and its continuation through the violation of our airspace. Moreover, there is the rise of our valiant resistance to this violation and the clarity of the just Iraqi demand for halting the aggression and lifting the blockade and the growing Arab and international support for these just demands. All of this has deepened the feeling of the US Administration of the isolation of the United States in terms of its exclusive role in the aggression and the collapse of the international cover with which it wants to delude the World and world public opinion. This has also deepened its feeling of the costly price that it will have to pay as a result of its continued aggression and the escalating valiant resistance by Iraq against this barbaric and blatant aggression. Furthermore, this feeling also reminds the United States of its defeat in Vietnam. The Iraqi lesson of heroic steadfastness is also robbing the United States of its sleep because it has opened the door wide for the growing struggle of the nations against US hegemony thus tightening its isolation and exposing its hostile aims to strangulate the free will of the nations. This will of the nations will free itself from its chains and tear apart the arms of the US octopus. Tomorrow is not far. VI. NO FLY ZONES ARE INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM Baghdad Al-Thawrah in Arabic 21 Feb 99 p 2 [Commentary by Malik Mansur: "The No-Fly Zones Are Meant for Murder and Destruction"] [FBIS Translated Text] Despite the exposed lies and claims that the US Administration is trying to propagate using all means in order to justify the imposition of the no-fly zones in northern and southern Iraq, the facts on the ground and the facts related to the ongoing US aggression against our country strongly and indubitably confirm that the no-fly zones were enforced as part of the plot against Iraq. They were to be used as a weapon to threaten the unity and sovereignty of Iraq and to try and influence the national resistance of the Iraqi people. With the passage of time and following every failure and defeat of its plots and following its realization that it cannot influence the beliefs and firm national options of the Iraqi people, the US Administration is now wagering on escalating its provocations and its violation of our national air space. It wants to turn the no-fly zones into yet another tool to kill the Iraqis and destroy their property in order to avenge their steadfastness, their firm adherence to their national options, their fateful cohesion with their struggling leadership, and their solid determination to protect the sovereignty and independence of Iraq no matter what the sacrifices. After realizing the deep significance and profound meanings of the Day of the People, the Day of the Banner, the Day of Chivalry, and the Day of Conquest, the US Administration has concluded that its aggression and conspiratorial machinations against Iraq have reached a dead end and its wagers and illusions have lost and dissipated despite all the resources it has mobilized. Thus, this hallucinating administration saw no option before it but to turn the no-fly zones into a dirty weapon to spread savage terrorism and blind revenge, and into a means to destroy civilian installations and hurl bombs and missiles on residential quarters. With this vengeful barbarism, the US and British planes are daily and intensively violating the sanctity of Iraqi air space. These planes are committing deliberate and organized provocations and hurling their bombs and missiles at towns, civilian installations, and residential areas in order to kill in cold blood more civilians from the sons of the struggling Iraqi people. These are crimes that fall under the category of organized international terrorism. The murder of innocent civilians, including children, women, and elderly; the destruction of homes over the heads of their inhabitants; and the endangering of the lives and peace of mind of our steadfast people in the northern and southern regions is the epitome of international terrorism. It is a terrorism practiced by a big power and its lackey who claim that they fight international terrorism, defend human rights, and respect the UN charter and the rules of international law. This is, of course, a big and insolent lie that is becoming more apparent to international public opinion with each passing day. Therefore, national, pan-Arab, and human duty and responsibility behooves everyone to frankly and firmly condemn the no-fly zones imposed on Iraq and the resulting crimes of murder and destruction that are tantamount to international terrorism. Silence over the international terrorism and the daily murder and destruction that is being inflicted by the United States and Britain on the people of Iraq will encourage them to practice the same kind of international terrorism against any other country that is targeted due to its rejection of US hegemony. The steadfast and struggling Iraqi people, the valiant Iraqi armed forces, and the capable and honest Iraqi leadership have resolved to firmly and strongly repulse the US-British aggression and their despicable international terrorism. To protect its sovereignty, independence, and dignity, Iraq will make all the sacrifices that are necessary. The aggression will inevitably be defeated and the will of the Iraqi people will triumph.