Skip to comments.'Baghdad Bob' now expert TV commentator
Posted on 01/14/2004 12:20:51 AM PST by JohnHuang2
REBUILDING IN THE GULF
'Baghdad Bob' now expert TV commentator
'We all were expecting Saddam would kill himself rather than be caught'
© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com
The man known as "Baghdad Bob" and "Comical Ali" for his outrageous statements to the media during the Iraq war has returned to television as an expert commentator on Saddam Hussein.
Muhammed al-Sahhaf, Iraq's former information minister, has made several appearances on Abu Dhabi TV in the United Arab Emirates since Saddam's Dec. 13 capture, reports Britain's Sky News.
"Finding Saddam wasn't surprising," said al-Sahhaf, who now lives in the UAE with his family. "However, the way he was arrested was insulting."
Al-Sahhaf, 63, said he and his colleagues did not expect the Iraqi leader to be arrested alive.
"We all were expecting that Saddam would kill himself rather than be caught," he said, according to Sky News.
Al-Sahhaf surrendered to the U.S., but was released.
He attained cult-figure status during the war after proclaiming American forces were going down to defeat even as their tanks moved into Baghdad.
"Iraq has already achieved victory, apart from some technicalities," he said at the time.
In a recent television appearance, Al-Sahhaf said he hoped Saddam's impending trial "shall be fair, not a matter of revenge."
"The expected trial needs evidence to be submitted," he said, according to the British television channel. "Everybody talks about war crimes and the like. But the court considers facts and evidence only."
In the final days of fighting last year, Al-Sahhaf made a number of hard-to-believe claims about Iraqi successes and U.S. failures, including:
Choose your weapon, start shooting, then watch and listen as Baghdad Bob goes into denial.
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