"The forces of evil will carry their coffins on their backs to die in disgraceful failure," Saddam Hussein promised his people Thursday as the U.S. and Britain ramped up their war plans against Iraq.

As thousands of rifle-toting, khaki-clad members of the "Jerusalem Army," a civilian militia, marched through the streets of Baghdad to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the end of the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqi leader addressed his nation via television.