SADDAM: WE'LL DEFEAT YOU
Saddam Hussein says Iraq is determined and ready to defeat any invasion, in a call to arms on the anniversary of the Gulf War in 1991.
He said that Western forces, which he described as "crows of evil", were still "harbouring evil" against Iraq 12 years after the war.
In a televised speech to his nation, Saddam said Iraq was fully mobilised and would defeat US troops at the gates of Baghdad if there was an invasion.
"We have determined and planned to defeat the aggressors. We have mobilised our abilities, including those of the army, people and leadership," he said.
"Baghdad, its people and leadership, is determined to force the Mongols of our age to commit suicide at its gates," Saddam said, referring to the Mongol armies who sacked the Iraqi capital in 1258 ending the Abbasid Caliphate.
The United States has massed forces in preparation for a possible invasion, accusing Saddam of developing weapons of mass destruction.
United Nations weapons inspectors returned to Iraq in November after a four-year absence and are due to report to the U.N. Security Council on January 27.
Saddam made no reference to the inspections in his speech. Not did he mention yesterday's discovery of empty chemical warheads.
Last Updated: 12:46 UK, Friday January 17, 2003