Iraq's information minister on Friday threatened coalition troops with "non-conventional" attacks -- a "kind of martyrdom operations" -- after allied troops tightened their grip on the area surrounding Baghdad.
And in a tape broadcast on Iraqi television, a man in full military uniform purporting to be Saddam Hussein read a statement calling on Iraqis to strike at coalition forces at the gates of the capital. Saddam, in his statement, referred to the March 23 downing of a U.S. helicopter, which indicates the tape was made after the war began.
Meanwhile, thousands of Iraqis were fleeing Baghdad on Friday as U.S. forces seized the Saddam International Airport on the city's western edge and renamed it Baghdad International Airport. Troops began the dangerous work of exploring its subterranean tunnels for Iraqi defenders under the airport, which lies about 10 miles from the heart of Baghdad.
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