Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Wednesday asked Iraqis to dig "deep and roofed" trenches in their gardens to fend off any possible US air raids.
"Tell the Iraqi people that they should dig trenches in their gardens, and tell every citizen to take his family during the air raid to the trench," Saddam said during a meeting with provincial governors and mayors.
"So that if a bomb falls down, the deep roofed trench will protect them," the Iraqi leader said, adding that "we should take the worst choice- and among them is that they (US troops) may attack the citizens."
The United States has repeatedly accused Iraq of secretly pursuing weapons of mass destruction programs and threatened to take military actions preemptively if Iraq fails to disarm itself.
But Saddam warned the United States it would pay "abundant blood" if it attacks Iraq.
"We call on God to spare us their evil. But if they try to achieve any of the simple goals they are talking about, they should pay abundant blood," Saddam said.