Farrakhan in Baghdad


Baghdad - The US black leader, the Rev Louis Farrakhan, arrived in Iraq yesterday at the start of a visit which may include a meeting with President Saddam Hussein. Mr Farrakhan arrived in Baghdad from Jordan on board a coach with an entourage of 50 people. He came by road because of the UN sanctions which prevent international flights.

Surrounded by hefty bodyguards, the Nation of Islam leader just uttered the word "peace" when asked about the purpose of his visit. Mr Farrakhan visited Baghdad last year. He attacked the sanctions imposed on Iraq for its 1990 invasion of Kuwait as a "wicked policy which must be stopped immediately".