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While Russell insists that most local residents "will love 'em and be laughing," there are concerns that, far from aiding the American cause, the images will only serve to increase anti-American feeling among Iraqis.

The Billy Idol Saddam, for instance, is portrayed with a gold crucifix around his neck, something that could well cause offense in a Muslim country such as Iraq.

"I think this type of activity by U.S. forces will only further anger the Muslim population of Iraq," Inayat Bunglawala, a spokesman for the Muslim Council of Great Britain, told CNN.

"This clear flaunting of Islamic law by displaying pictures of scantily clad women will only add fuel to sentiments that the U.S. is trying to undermine Muslim culture in Iraq. It risks alienating the actual population."

Uday, a 22-year old translator working with U.S. forces in Tikrit, agreed.

"Maybe it's funny for the soldiers," he told Reuters. "But I think most local Iraqis will find it very insulting."

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