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Arab media fury at Iraq anarchy
by BBC NEWS
Saturday Apr 12th, 2003 12:45 PM
Media throughout the Arab world focus on the anarchy and looting which has engulfed Iraq over the past few days.

British and American forces are blamed for the breakdown of law and order and there is even a suggestion things were better under the old regime.
Iraqis are apportioning a lot of blame to the American forces, who they say have taken care to protect oil wells while leaving them at the mercy of plunderers... It is very unfortunate that the American forces are taking a neutral position in most cases. It's not neutrality, but criminal neutrality because they know that it was them who overthrew the regime and authority.

Al-Jazeera TV - Pan-Arab, Qatar-based


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Baghdad residents are angry about the laisser-faire security in the capital, the looting and chaos, and many of them are starting to regret the end of Saddam's rule... Iraqis say that the coalition forces are protecting the oil ministry and the foreign ministry, but are encouraging robbers to commit acts of robbery.

ANN TV - Pan-Arab, Syrian-owned, London-based


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Mosul is in a state of chaos with the collapse of the rule of the Baath party and the withdrawal of the Kurdish peshmerga from the city... Kurds reportedly killed dozens of Turkmen people.

Abu Dhabi TV


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Chaos in a number of Iraqi towns that have fallen into the hands of US forces.

Al-Arabiya TV - Pan-Arab


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The images of looting and plundering in Baghdad after its fall have distorted the international image of Iraqis, Arabs and Muslims all over the world... The US-UK war on Iraq started as a gross lie to set Iraqis free and ended up in looting and plundering.

Al-Quds al-Arabi - independent, London-based


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The worst outcome of the war will be an outbreak of civil war in Iraqi inland towns and the increase of weapons in people's hands.

Al-Sharq al-Awsat - Saudi-owned, London-based


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The international charters and resolutions state that the army which invades another country is responsible for the security and stability of the invaded country. Therefore, the US and British forces are responsible for the unrest in Iraq's towns... The whole world should move to protect the Iraqi people from a humanitarian disaster never before witnessed.

Al-Watan - Saudi Arabia


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The Iraqis have lived a life which no one else has lived. Their Baghdad, which others are crying for, has turned into hell... others started crying for Baghdad and its history when the liberators came, after most of the Arab voices had remained silent... Muslims are the biggest source of instability in the world as they are killing one another or killing others.

Al-Watan - Kuwait


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Israel gave its blessings to the conquest of Baghdad and is now hailing what the American forces are doing in Iraq by committing more genocide.

Al-Thawrah - Syria


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Washington is accusing Syria and Iran of assisting the collapsed Iraq regime, it is now looking forward to invading other Arab capitals.

Al-Jazirah - Saudi Arabia


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BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.



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