Special Army Trains to "Liberate" Jerusalem

Training has begun for thousands of Iraqis who have volunteered to serve in Saddam Hussein's special army raised to assist the Palestinians to "liberate" Jerusalem from Israel, CNSNews.com reported March 12. Iraqi national television has shown thousands of men and women celebrating as volunteers boarded buses for camps over the March 9 weekend, where they will reportedly be trained for the special task, it was reported. "We shall not give up two [things]...Palestine and Saddam Hussein," the volunteers chanted.

However, according to one Iraqi expert, the "greatest danger" from Hussein is not this army, but his drive to keep the intifada (Palestinian uprising) alive and to prevent Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat from reaching a compromise deal with Israel.