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Iraq vows to resist U.S. military action (Read it for a good laugh)
Swiss Info ^ | July 31 2002 | Hassan Hafidh

Posted on 07/31/2002 4:27:21 PM PDT by knighthawk

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq says Baghdad will resist any U.S. military campaign and will "kick the United States out of the region" if attacked.

In an interview with Reuters, Iraq's Trade Minister Mohammed Mehdi Saleh said Baghdad would also take punitive economic measures against countries which backed a possible U.S. strike.

Washington has made no secret of its wish to topple President Saddam Hussein's government, having branded Iraq part of an "axis of evil" supporting terrorism and developing weapons of mass destruction.

"The United States will be defeated and it will be kicked out of the region if it attacks Iraq," Saleh said. "It will be the end of the United States in the region."

U.S. President George W. Bush said this month his administration would use all tools at its disposal to topple Saddam, Iraq's leader since 1979.

The official Iraqi News Agency (INA) on Wednesday quoted the Commander of Iraq's Air Force Hamid Rija Shlah saying his forces were ready to respond to an attack.

"They are highly prepared to inflict stern punishment on (attacking forces) if they tried to get near our borders or people," Shlah was quoted as saying in a meeting with Saddam.

In Washington, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday he did not expect the Bush administration to strike Iraq before early next year.

Saleh, whose ministry is responsible for making sure Iraq's 23 million people have enough food under a U.N.-administered oil-for-food deal, added there would be no food problem in Iraq if the U.S. attacked.

"We will take necessary measures whenever required," Saleh said.

Iraqis have been hit hard by U.N. sanctions imposed for Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait. Baghdad says more than 180,000 people, including about 80,000 children under five years of age, died in 2001 of diseases blamed on the sanctions.

The desert state, which has the world's second largest oil reserves behind Saudi Arabia, has been allowed to sell oil to buy food, medicine and other civilian goods under U.N. supervision since 1996.

PUNITIVE MEASURES

Saleh said Baghdad was ready to take punitive action against countries which backed U.S. military campaign.

"We will not tolerate any country which has an aggressive attitude toward Iraq," he said.

"We definitely will decrease and hold our economic and trade relationship with those countries who support an aggression against Iraq," he said, adding: "We will promote trade relationship with those who support the lifting of sanctions."

Last week, Baghdad said it would halve its $8.5 million worth of annual wheat purchases from Australia to retaliate after Canberra voiced support for Washington's right to launch pre-emptive strikes against nations like Iraq in the aftermath of the events of September 11.

Saleh said if Australia did not change its position, Baghdad would buy its wheat needs from "European, Asian and Arab countries".


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iraq; resist; usstrikes
"The United States will be defeated and it will be kicked out of the region if it attacks Iraq," Saleh said. "It will be the end of the United States in the region."

I don't want to dissapoint him by not giving him a chance to back his words up, so let's roll!

1 posted on 07/31/2002 4:27:21 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; viadexter; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; keri; ...
Mother of all pings-ping
2 posted on 07/31/2002 4:28:41 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
Notice to the American Military from the Royal Iraqi Guard:

This time we really mean it!
Our balloons just arrived and we'll show you...

3 posted on 07/31/2002 4:32:15 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: getgoing
Ping
4 posted on 07/31/2002 4:34:07 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
Knock yourselves out Iraq.....


5 posted on 07/31/2002 4:41:10 PM PDT by b4its2late
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To: knighthawk
Yeah! Remember Saddam's "This will be the Mother of all battles" remark just before he got his a&$ served to him on a platter in the Gulf War?
6 posted on 07/31/2002 4:41:38 PM PDT by matrix
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To: Vidalia
Balloons are the only Iraq aircraft that don't directly fly off to Iran.
7 posted on 07/31/2002 4:44:21 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
I just hope they're big and red and will make really good targets.
8 posted on 07/31/2002 4:51:20 PM PDT by knak
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To: b4its2late
That's an F-111, and we don't have any of those anymore, except in the boneyard. The Aussie's still fly them though, and have a great source of spare airframe parts.
9 posted on 07/31/2002 5:31:43 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: knighthawk
"It will be the end of the United States in the region."

Brilliant! Does he really think it or is he packing as we post.So little time so much to do.The clock is ticking and maybe they are more than a little nervous.

10 posted on 07/31/2002 5:50:54 PM PDT by freeforall
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To: knighthawk
Classic whistling past the grave yard.

His troops are run ragged setting up defenses after every "leak" in the New York Times.

This time he'll be gone about a minute after it all starts.

Watch your back Saddam! The enemy has already landed and started your downfall!

11 posted on 07/31/2002 6:02:32 PM PDT by leadhead
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To: b4its2late
One of the first and last things Saddam's Elite will never see nor hear...


12 posted on 07/31/2002 6:13:23 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: knighthawk
the Commander of Iraq's Air Force Hamid Rija Saleh

Sounds like whistling past the cemetery to me. Or maybe its bravado, Hussein sytle.

Funny thing about Air Force assets, if they are not used daily and realistically, they are not worth a spit in the sand.

The question I'd like answered is, when was the last time one Hamid's IAF fighters made a max-performance takeoff, loaded for combat? 1991 you say, Hamid? Whoo, boy! IAF is headed east for Iran just like last time!

13 posted on 07/31/2002 6:16:46 PM PDT by Don Carlos
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To: Vidalia
What is it? It looks lovely in a deadly sort of way.

a.cricket

14 posted on 07/31/2002 6:19:40 PM PDT by another cricket
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To: b4its2late
Great pic!

I'll bet we could get more ordnance airborne on that one bird that the AIF could on it's entire so-called Air Force!

15 posted on 07/31/2002 6:20:30 PM PDT by Don Carlos
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To: Vidalia
Nice photo!

A-10's are so ugly, they are almost cute!

I'm running a serious risk of getting flamed by the "No Women In Combat" brigade, but I hope LtCol McSally (believe thats her name) flies lead aircraft on that mission! Poetic justice!

16 posted on 07/31/2002 6:28:57 PM PDT by Don Carlos
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To: b4its2late
That plane carries all that??
17 posted on 07/31/2002 6:33:57 PM PDT by Guillermo
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To: Vidalia
Man, I love those things!
18 posted on 07/31/2002 6:36:18 PM PDT by jayef
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To: knighthawk


19 posted on 07/31/2002 6:47:14 PM PDT by snippy_about_it
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To: Vidalia; snippy_about_it; b4its2late
Kikc this, Saleh!


20 posted on 07/31/2002 7:01:26 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: knighthawk
..."Go right on ahead, Saddumbo...
MAAAKE MY DAY..."

21 posted on 07/31/2002 7:30:15 PM PDT by Vidalia
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To: knighthawk
They are highly prepared to inflict stern punishment

OH NO!!! Not "stern punishment, anything but that.

22 posted on 07/31/2002 9:37:30 PM PDT by Valin
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To: Guillermo
The F-111 Aardvark was a multipurpose tactical fighter/bomber
capable of all-weather interdiction and high-speed nuclear
strike. The Aardvark was one of the more controversial fighters
ever to fly, yet achieved one of the safest operations records.
The F-111 could operate from tree-top level to above 60,000ft.
and could achieve Mach 2.5, the F-111 had a range of 2,500NM
on internal fuel. The F-111 was retired in 1996.





Primary Function: Multipurpose tactical fighter bomber.
Contractor: General Dynamics Corporation.
Power Plant: F-111A/E, two Pratt & Whitney TF30-P103 turbofans.
Thrust: F-111A/E, 18,500 pounds (8,325 kilograms) each with afterburners;
F-111D, 19,600 pounds (8,820 kilograms) with afterburners;
F-111F, 25,000 pounds (11,250 kilograms) with afterburners.
Length: 73 feet, 6 inches (22.0 meters).
Height: 17 feet, 1 1/2 inches (5.13 meters).
Wingspan: 63 feet (19 meters) full forward; 31 feet, 11 1/2 inches (11.9 meters) full aft.
Speed: F-111F -- Mach 1.2 at sea level; Mach 2.5 at 60,000 feet.
Ceiling: 60,000-plus feet (18,200 meters).
Range: 3,565 miles (3,100 nautical miles) with external fuel tanks.
Weight: F-111F, empty 47,481 pounds (21,367 kilograms).
Maximum Takeoff Weight: F-111F, 100,000 pounds (45,000 kilograms).
Armament: Up to four nuclear bombs on four pivoting wing pylons, and two in internal weapons bay. Wing pylons carry total external load of 25,000 pounds (11,250 kilograms) of bombs, rockets, missiles, or fuel tanks.


23 posted on 07/31/2002 9:40:57 PM PDT by Valin
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To: El Gato
Okay, how about this one?


24 posted on 08/01/2002 6:13:34 AM PDT by b4its2late
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To: knighthawk
Saleh said if Australia did not change its position, Baghdad would buy its wheat needs from "European, Asian and Arab countries".

European and Asian countries maybe but considering that the bulk of "Arab" wheat is grown in Turkey and Iran, not bloody likely (source).

25 posted on 08/01/2002 6:40:42 AM PDT by facedown
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To: knighthawk
Iraq says Baghdad will resist any U.S. military campaign and will "kick the United States out of the region" if attacked.

Saddam must have heard about Clinton's promise to go into the trenches and fight in person. If Billzo were a typical example of our troops, we would have gotten kicked out of Grenada, much less Iraq.

26 posted on 08/01/2002 6:49:50 AM PDT by steve-b
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