Iraqis Training to "Liberate Jerusalem"

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Iraqis Training to "Liberate Jerusalem"
Two large groups of Iraqi volunteers began military training this weekend in preparation for fulfilling their vows to liberate "all of Palestine."

Last October, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein called for volunteers for his "Jerusalem Army," to join the Palestinian intifada. On Sunday, the second group of several thousand recruits bid their families emotional farewells in Baghdad as they left for military training. The throngs of volunteers chanted, "with our blood and souls, we sacrifice for Saddam," before kissing their wives and children goodbye.

The first batch of thousands of Jerusalem Army volunteers left Baghdad on Saturday for training in a nationally-televised send-off similar to yesterday's event. The official Iraqi News Agency says more than 7 million men and women - nearly a third of the 22 million population - volunteered for the force.

Used with Permission from International Christian Embassy Jerusalem.

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