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Pop superstar MADONNA has shelved plans to release the controversial video for her new single AMERICAN LIFE - because of the intensifying conflict in Iraq.

The promo was meant as a strong anti-war message and shows scenes depicting the catastrophic repercussions and horror of war.
But Madonna has backed down and pulled the tape, just days before it was due
to premiere on Music network VH1 - out of "sensitivity and respect" to the armed
forces involved in the Iraq War.

In a statement the singer says, "I have decided not to release my new video.
"It was filmed before the war started and I do not believe it is appropriate to air it
at this time.

"Due to the volatile state of the world and out of sensitivity and respect to the
armed forces, who I support and pray for, I do not want to risk offending anyone
who might misinterpret the meaning of this video."

(IG/WNWCAN/KTW 02/04/2003)