A Cairo newspaper has reported that Iraq secretly told three friendly countries that allied bombing has destroyed 14 military installations and killed 15,000 Iraqi soldiers who were guarding them.

The little-known weekly Al-Hakika also quoted an unidentified Egyptian doctor who recently fled Iraq as saying that 50 Iraqi soldiers died from anthrax after U.S. B-52 bombers destroyed a depot where the deadly toxins were stored.Al-Hakika's editor, Mohammed Amer, said that the report on the 15,000 dead came from a source in one of the countries that received the information. He refused to identify the source or name the countries.

"The Iraqi government has sent a secret report to three Arab states, asking that they provide it with ammunition, food and medicine," the newspaper said in its Saturday editions.