- The Washington Times - Friday, March 28, 2003

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 28 (UPI) — As coalition airstrikes on the Iraqi capital tapered off, thousands of worshippers packed Baghdad's mosques for Friday prayers before taking to the streets to protest the war.

Baghdad's residents emerged from shelters Friday morning after a night of heavy bombardment, the worst since the outbreak of the war nine days ago, as bombs hit different parts of the city, including communication and telephone centers.

The director general of the Iraqi communications center, Abdel Sattar al-Moeini, accused the coalition forces of seeking to destroy Iraq's infrastructure.

"These institutions are civil communications departments and have no link to military issues," al-Moeini told journalists who inspected the center after the bombing. "Why would they bombard them? Didn't they say that they will not hit the infrastructure of the Iraqi people?"

Meanwhile, thousands of angry worshippers demonstrated in Baghdad's streets denouncing the U.S. and British attacks and vowing resistance till the end.

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