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CNN LIVE EVENT/SPECIAL

Iraqi News Conference

Aired March 30, 2003 - 06:06   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN ANCHOR: We've got to go to Baghdad for a military spokesman that's giving a briefing.
Let's listen in.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE (through translator): Karl Korelsque (ph) from the field commanders. And their decision to send 120,000 soldiers for enforcement after the start to defeat. And those also will be incinerated by the fire of Iraq.

The other point, which confirms the imbalance of the enemy and the confusion of its plans, is it presented the failure of their wager link (ph) that was based on their poor assessment and the steadfastness of the willing -- of the -- and the desire -- the will of the Iraqi people. And after they were surprised with the brave resistance of the people and the -- and the firm resistance and the enemy directed their efforts to the people and intensified their shelling on the civilians. children, women and elderly, with veracity and savagery, without any humanitarian deterrence.

I would like to inform you, and just like you, you knew yesterday the martyrdom operation started by the people of Iraq and by the -- by the armed forces exclusively. And this is the beginning of a long path of jihad for Iraqis and Arabs against the invaders.

The last point in this brief...

COOPER: We are going to break into this press conference that is going on in Baghdad.

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