Two Middle Eastern television channels broadcast Tuesday what they claimed was a new audio tape by toppled Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
“I appeal to you, O Iraqis, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen, Shia or Sunni, Christians or Sunnis, it is your duty to expel the aggressor invaders from our country," the tape said, according to a transmission by Lebanon's Al Hayat-LBC channel.
The voice on the tape could not be confirmed as Saddam Hussein’s, however journalists familiar with the ousted president said it sounded like him. Al-Jazeera broadcast a tape on July 4 that CIA analysts said was "most likely" Saddam’s voice.
The latest tape purportedly quoted Saddam Hussein as delivering instructions for resistance to the US and British occupation forces.
"Unify your ranks and act as one hand," the voice said. "Boycott the occupying soldiers ... Act and do not let the occupying forces settle down in your land," it said, according to Al Hayat-LBC.
"He who favors division over unity, and acts to divide ranks instead of unifying them, is not only a foreign occupier but he is also the enemy of God and the people," Saddam said, according to the tape broadcast by Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television. (Albawaba.com)
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