Friday, May 17, 2002

Latest News From Iraq



*Saddam Hussein will hold a new referendum to test the people's confidence in him. Last time, in 1995, he got 99.96% of the vote ... so he must be really, really popular.

*Baghdad Forbids Kurds, Turkemans, and Assyrians from Using Their Languages. Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 11, 2002

*People's Democracy Party (HADEP) Leader Murat Bozlak: The U.S. Should Enter Iraq

HADEP [the People's Democracy Party which claims to represent the Kurdish population in Turkey] Leader Murat Bozlak was interviewed by the Turkish weekly Aydinlik. Bazlack said: 'From the beginning we say that Saddam's regime is harmful to the Iraqi people. Whether we want it or not, the U.S. says there will be an operation in Iraq.'

*Saddam Hussein Demands the Return of the Iraqi Planes Held in Iran

"Iraq's President demanded the return of the Iraqi planes that were sent to Iran for safekeeping during the Gulf War in 1991 as a proof of Iran's goodwill towards the Arabs and the Palestinian problem..."Al-Sharq Al-Awsat (London), April 18, 2002.


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