Despite his government's losses, Iraqi Information Minister Mohammad Said Sahaf insisted at a news conference in Baghdad that Saddam's government would triumph.
"Republican Guards are still tightening the noose around the U.S. enemy in the area surrounding the airport," Sahaf
said."We destroyed six tanks and damaged 10 others and killed 50 of the enemy forces.After crushing the American and British aggression and invasion, there will only be Iraq, headed by Saddam Hussein, with all its traditions and all its institutions."
There was no indication that Sahaf's account of casualties was correct, and reporting from scores of Western journalists traveling with U.S. and British forces near Baghdad and in Basra belied his
Eager to highlight any successes, the Information Ministry arranged a visit for foreign journalists to a U.S. Abrams tank destroyed Saturday.