Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Sunday expressed satisfaction of the morale of Iraqi troops to promote their potentials to defend the Arab country, the official Iraqi News Agency (INA) reported.
In a speech to a delegation of senior military officials, Saddam "hailed those present and their comrades in the battlefield for the glory of the civilization of Iraq and the consolidation of Iraqis' abilities to defend it."
He also "hailed their morale and eagerness to achieve their legitimate goals," the INA said.
The Iraqi leader praised those present and all other fighters for drawing "the picture of the nation with dignity, challenge and strong will."
Among those present at the meeting were Saddam's younger son Qusai, the supervisor of the elite Republican Guard; Abdul Tawab Mulla Howeish, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Military Industrialization; and Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad.
The United States accuses Iraq of secretly developing weapons of mass destruction and is pouring tens of thousands of troops into the Gulf region to back up its threats to disarm Baghdad by force.