Saddam Hussein's popularity soars
- The following article appeared on page A9 of the Saturday, 29 March 2003
edition of The Arizona Republic and is credited only to wire services.
THOUSANDS IN MIDEAST SCREAMING FOR HOLY WAR
Cairo--Calls for holy war rang out across the Middle East on Friday as
thousands of people massed in protest, though governments avoided a repeat
of the bloody riots that resulted in deaths last week after Islamic prayers.
Islamic leaders in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Iraq appealed to Allah in anger
at the U.S.-led attack on Iraq and encouraged their followers to engage in
holy war. The governments of Egypt, Jordan and Iran all sanctioned protests.
In Jordan, a preacher, Sheik Zeid Kilani, compared Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein to Saladin, the greatest Islamic warrior against the Crusaders.