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11 August 2002

Associated Press

Firing pistols and AK-47s while studying Islam and history — "Saddam's Cubs" have swapped soccer clubs for military camps this summer in readiness to defend Iraq, they say, from "our enemies." "We are sharp swords in the hand of President Saddam Hussein to be used to fight our enemies," 14-year-old Mustafa Amir told The Associated Press on Sunday. Amir is one of 1,800 boys aged between 13 and 16 undergoing three weeks training at "Saddam's Cubs Training Camp" in a... (

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