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Iraqis Say War Goes Well

Iraqis Say War Goes Well

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(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- Apparently it's all in the perspective.

Deafening explosions have been rocking Baghdad early Sunday as Iraqi troops, militias and teenagers eager to protect their nation from invaders all patrol the streets of their capital.

After a brief U-S incursion into the city early Saturday, Iraqi leaders are maintaining a bold front. Officials deny that U-S troops came any closer than the suburbs, and say Iraqi forces have retaken the airport, killing hundreds of American "scoundrels."

A statement from Saddam Hussein says, "Today, the tide has turned." Saddam is urging fighters to rush the Americans and "increase the depth of their wounds."

U-S military officials say U-S troops traveled north into the capital Saturday, turned west at the Tigris River, then out of the city and toward the airport. During the sweep, the Americans came under intense fire from Republican Guards with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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