April 2003: Faxed letter, purportedly from Saddam Hussein,
published by the London-based newspaper, al-Quds al-Arabi. It was
dated April 28 - Saddam's birthday. This
was one of several written communications that the paper
apparently received from the deposed Iraqi leader.
May 2003: Sydney Morning Herald published a tape acquired by
its reporter in Baghdad. Sound quality is poor.
4 July 2003:
Arabic news station al-Jazeera broadcast an audio tape
urging guerrilla fighters in Iraq to continue their resistance to
the US-led occupation.
8 July 2003: Two
television channels in the Middle East - al Hayat-LBC [Lebanon]
and al-Jazeera broadcast extracts from a tape. The content
appeared very similar or even identical to the May 7 tape.
Possibly it was a better-quality recording of the same
17 July 2003: Satellite
channels al-Arabiyya and al-Jazeera broadcast tape condemning
Iraq's new governing council. Tape was apparently timed to
coincide with the anniversary of the 1968 Ba'athist revolution.
al-Arabiyya broadcast the full tape and al-Jazeera broadcast
29 July 2003:
Satellite channel al-Arabiyya broadcast tape referring to the
deaths of Saddam's sons, Udai and Qusai.
1 August 2003: Tape
broadcast by al-Jazeera, addressed to Iraqis who have seized
property belonging to the government or Ba'ath party. It says they
can keep the property but will be greatly rewarded if they return
it "once things are back to normal". On no account must
they hand it over to the Americans.