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      Iraq threatens suicide attacks against Americans
      BAGHDAD -- A defiant Iraq threatened on Saturday to unleash suicide attacks against US nationals in the Middle East and
      to wipe out any invading force should Washington wage a new war against it.

      Demonstrations against a US-led war on Iraq meanwhile went ahead in Europe and the Middle East as Britain and the United
      States said they would seek United Nations backing for military action against Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
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      The warnings of suicide attacks by Saddam and Vice-President Taha Yassin Ramadan were made public on Saturday -- a day
      after US President George W. Bush met close ally, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and declared that conflict could be
      'weeks, not months' away.

      Suicide attacks 'are our new weapons', Mr Taha told Monday's edition of the German news magazine Der Spiegel, adding:
      'The whole region will be set ablaze. This part of the world will become a sea of resistance and danger for Americans.'
      Official newspapers in Baghdad on Saturday quoted Saddam telling senior military aides that if war happens, 'the enemy
      will not enter Baghdad's suburbs because he will die. Even if they send a million soldiers, our boys will kill them.'

      As Iraq made its defiance clear, German police said thousands of demonstrators gathered around the country to protest
      against a possible war.

      Police in the town of Auerbach arrested around 40 demonstrators who entered a US army training ground.
      Meanwhile, authorities in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, near the border with Germany, said around 800 people
      took part in a demonstration there which had been called by the French Muslim Party.

      Around 200 people took part in another protest outside the US embassy in Nicosia, Cyprus -- the Mediterranean island
      where the UN weapon inspectors in Iraq have a base.

      Environmental organisation Greenpeace meanwhile sent its Rainbow Warrior protest ship to block the British port of
      Southampton on Saturday in order to prevent the departure of a military supply ship due to set sail for the Gulf. --AFP
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