Salih made the remarks in an interview with the AP news agency last night.
Meanwhile, U.S. aircraft carried out a third set of air strikes on the rebel stronghold of Al-Fallujah, targeting a meeting of suspected militants loyal to Jordanian-born Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi.
According to a doctor at a nearby hospital, eight people were killed and 17 wounded in the latest attack.
It was the third set of air strikes in 24 hours, with two bombing raids yesterday killing seven people and wounding 13, including women and children.
In Baghdad today, a rocket landed in a busy street in the center of the city. Unconfirmed reports say one person was killed.
(compiled from wire reports)
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