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Wednesday April 9, 2003
BAGHDAD, Iraq (Reuters) -- A black military beret on his head, Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf has become the face and voice of Iraqi defiance.

Iraq's information minister seems completely undaunted by U.S. and British advances, and often as not flatly denies what viewers around the world can see on their TV screens.

Even as U.S. troops roamed through a presidential complex in the heart of Baghdad on Monday and as tanks rumbled down streets a few hundred meters away, Sahaf was confidently boasting to the world the invaders would be slaughtered.

"The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad," he told reporters gathered on the roof of the ministry of information. "As our leader Saddam Hussein said, 'God is grilling their stomachs in hell.'"

Sahaf, 63, who kept a low profile before the war, has become an unlikely media star and a hero to many in the Arab world, at the same time as Western audiences gasp at his bravado. Source.

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The face of Iraqi government