Saddam Hussain urges Shia revolt

A handwritten message signed by Saddam Hussain and read out on Aljazeera television on Wednesday calls for Iraq's majority Shia to wage jihad against US and British occupiers.

    Hussain has released six audio-tapes in one month, and now a handwritten note

    The letter also notably praises a top Iraqi Shia leader, Ayat Allah Ali al-Sistani.

    "Sayyid al-Sistani has our appreciation," it said, using the title for a descendant of the prophet Muhammad.

    Al-Sistani is viewed by US officials as a crucial force for Shia cooperation in post-war Iraq.

    But the cleric has expressed unhappiness at the US occupation and demanded the US allow Iraqis to rule themselves.

    To date, Iraq’s Shia have remained relatively passive during the US-led occupation. However, in recent weeks, tensions have grown, particularly in the British controlled Shia-majority city of Basra.
     
    Interim council

    The handwritten note was also the former Iraqi president’s condemning response to a journalist's questions about Ibrahim al-Jafari, the first president of Iraq's 25-member interim Governing Council.

    Al-Jafari said that the Transitional Governing Council would set up 23 ministries to run Iraq but refused to name ministers until next week.

    Proposals for new ministries include one for human rights, migration, women’s affairs and also for the reconstruction of South Iraq. But the former president urged Iraqis to end cooperation with all occupation forces.

    At the beginning of August, Aljazeera aired another message from Hussain to the Iraqi people. It was the sixth audiotape attributed to him and broadcast by Arab satellite channels in less than a month.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.