February 17, 1991 |
The Iraqi leadership girded itself Saturday for a looming allied ground offensive to drive it from occupied Kuwait as Baghdad's talk of peace gave way to the rhetoric of war. Top Iraqi generals boasted of their war preparations, baiting the allies to abandon their "cowardly" air war.
March 19, 1991 |
"It was all blood, blood, blood," exclaimed a Monday report in Iraq's government newspaper. After a two-week media blackout on the country's bonfire of rebellion, Saddam Hussein's embattled regime is staging a wide-open campaign to turn public opinion against the insurgents. For the second straight morning, Baghdad dailies splashed photos and stories of the burgeoning civil warfare across their front pages.
February 20, 2001 |
An Iraqi newspaper on Monday threatened Kuwait and Saudi Arabia for abetting U.S. and British airstrikes on Iraq, as Israel and the United States began a Patriot missile exercise reminiscent of the Persian Gulf War. About 11,000 Iraqis marched Monday in the capital, some burning American, British and Israeli flags and carrying banners declaring that "aggression will not scare us and sanctions will not harm us"--the latest in daily rallies since Friday's attack.
September 4, 1990 |
Given the circumstances, it seemed a curious story to get such prominent display in the Iraqi capital's only English-language newspaper. The main news of the day, trumpeted in a headline just beneath the daily photograph of President Saddam Hussein, was: "Bush Seeks Friends' Help to Cover Gulf Buildup Costs." Nearby was an account of the Iraqi leader's extraordinary, televised session with his Western hostages.
May 28, 1991 |
The Baghdad Observer, the Iraqi government's English-language daily, Monday changed its new policy on front-page photographs of President Saddam Hussein. Earlier this month, the editorial staff decided not to carry Hussein's picture unless the president had done something newsworthy the previous day. But Monday it ran a photo with a caption reading only "President Saddam Hussein." The president's name did not appear anywhere else in the four-page newspaper.
May 25, 1991 |
President Saddam Hussein has told Iraqi journalists to write what they like, and he promised to take the blame for any mistakes they might make, an Iraqi newspaper said Friday. "Write what you like. If you get it right, you take the credit. If you get it wrong, I'll take the blame," he told a five-hour meeting of journalists, writers and intellectuals Tuesday. Al Thawra, the newspaper of the ruling Arab Baath Socialist Party, gave the first account of the meeting in a front-page editorial.