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Iraqi foreign minister: Coalition in 'quagmire'

Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri

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IRAQI NEWS BRIEFING, MONDAY
Naji Sabri, Iraqi foreign minister

• The coalition wants to exploit Iraq for its natural resources.

• The United States and Britain are "outlaws" that are in a "quagmire of death."

• Iraqi diplomats are working with Arab groups, the Non-Aligned Movement and Organization of Islamic Conference, and seek to have the U.N. Security Council demand a halt to the coalition "aggression."
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri said Monday that U.S. and British forces are being "defeated on all fronts and are retreating in the face of strong strikes" carried out by a popular resistance.

He said that the coalition leadership is "contradicting itself" in statements and its stance is the "subject of laughter in the world."

Sabri accused the coalition of wanting to exploit Iraqi natural resources and being a pawn of "the Zionists," referring to Israel and its supporters, which he repeatedly accused of inciting the war.

"If they continue to be stubborn with their aggression, we will attack them with all they have," Sabri said. "No one will be safe except for those who surrender to us on the battlefield."

He added that the public and government are unified in their fight against the coalition.

Sabri described the coalition's military problems as a "quagmire," a term often used in the Vietnam conflict. Quagmire referred to U.S. forces being bogged down in Vietnam with no end in sight.

"The aggression has to stop," Sabri said.

"We are determined with God's help to give the ultimate defeat to those aggressors," he said. "And with each day, the Americans, Britain wade into a quagmire, and the losses increase for those two outlaws."

Sabri said Iraqi diplomats are working with Arab groups, the Non-Aligned Movement and Organization of Islamic Conference, and seeks to have the U.N. Security Council demand a halt to the coalition campaign. He said he hopes the Security Council exercises its jurisdiction.

"If they [U.S. and British] go further in the aggression, they will increase their losses, and the rift between them and the Arabs and Muslims will be bigger," Sabri said. "They will increase in the hatred and the feelings of hatred between them and the Arabs and Muslims and all the people of the world."

He said, "Americans are talking a lot of lies and fabrications because lies are the golden rule of the American administration.

"They have been lying to their people, they have been lying to world public opinion and now they are falling victim to their lies."

He added, "They only have one chance, which is to withdraw quickly. That will save them more losses."

Sabri said Iraq is following the rules of the Geneva Conventions.

"I can assure you that the prisoners [of war] are being treated very well, according to the Geneva Conventions and our Islamic values."


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