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Saddam's sons killed in US raid
Straights Times ^ | 07/23/03

Posted on 07/22/2003 4:35:58 PM PDT by Enemy Of The State

Saddam's sons killed in US raid

MOSUL -- The two sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, were killed in a massive US military raid in northern Iraq on Tuesday, the US military said.

Qusay (left), touted as Saddam's intended successor, and elder brother Uday, 'barricaded themselves in the house' and 'resisted fiercely' before they were killed in the US raid. -- AFP

They were killed in a raid on a building in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, US Army Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez, the commander of US-led ground forces in Iraq, said at a news conference in Baghdad.

He said positive identification of the bodies had been made from multiple sources.

Earlier, military sources said DNA samples of the bodies were sent to Washington for matching with specimens on file from undisclosed sources.

Witnesses said US helicopter gunships fired more than 20 missiles during a six-hour battle that started about 10.00 am (0600 GMT), demolishing the house.

Lt-Gen Sanchez said four US soldiers were also wounded during the operation.

Iraqis celebrate

Even before the deaths were confirmed, the Iraqi capital erupted in an explosion of celebratory gunfire.

People were seen standing on rooftops and emptying their clips into a night aglow with tracer bullets, while a few Baghdadis ventured out onto the streets to watch the skies lit red by the volley.

'Uday hit me before,' said Mr Mukhalid Mohamed Hussein, 28, recalling an episode in 1997 when a woman friend of Uday's asked the powerful eldest son of Saddam to beat him.

'This is a celebration. But I won't believe until I see him dead,' he added, beaming. -- AFP

The owner of the house, Mr Nawaf al-Zaidan, 'is believed to have informed US forces that Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay, Qusay's son, and a bodyguard named Abdul Samad took refuge in his house and he wanted to get rid of them', said a female relative of Mr Zaidan who asked not to be named.

The relative and other residents of the area said the helicopter gunships fired at the house after clashes broke out when US forces tried to go in to arrest those inside.

Other witnesses said Mr Zaidan, a sheikh of the Bu Issa tribe, and his son were arrested at the end of the battle.

Four charred bodies, later confirmed as including those of Qusay, the 'ace of clubs' on the US list of most-wanted Iraqis, and Uday, the 'ace of hearts,' were taken out of the house, relatives of mr Zaidan said.

The US civil administrator for Iraq, Mr Paul Bremer, in Washington for congressional briefings, called the deaths 'good news' for the Iraqi people and US forces.

The United States earlier this month announced a reward of US$15 million for information leading to the capture or death of the Hussein sons, while a US$25-million reward was offered for Saddam, whose fate has been unknown since he was toppled by US-British forces in April.

The sons' deaths mark the biggest victory in the US-led coalition's hunt for Saddam, his family and former regime loyalists since fighting was declared over May 1. -- AFP



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; qusay; uday

1 posted on 07/22/2003 4:35:58 PM PDT by Enemy Of The State
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To: Enemy Of The State
Bushes 2 - Hussein's 0
2 posted on 07/22/2003 4:38:50 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Enemy Of The State
Other witnesses said Mr Zaidan, a sheikh of the Bu Issa tribe, and his son were arrested at the end of the battle.

Protective custody?

3 posted on 07/22/2003 4:40:33 PM PDT by hoosiermama (.Prayer for all)
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To: Enemy Of The State
Saddam's sons killed in US raid

Say that is news. Thanks for the scoop.

4 posted on 07/22/2003 4:44:31 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Tom Brokaw went into commercial tonight with the remark ...stay tuned for more on the murders of Sadam's Sons.
5 posted on 07/22/2003 4:44:41 PM PDT by shadeaud (Liberals suffer from acute interior cornial craniorectoitis)
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To: Enemy Of The State

I don't think we Americans have the cultural sensitivity necessary to handle the funeral arrangements for these men.

We should assemble a commission of Shi'ites and Kurds and have them arrange to have the bodies properly displayed in accordance with Iraqi custom.


6 posted on 07/22/2003 4:50:53 PM PDT by Nick Danger (The views expressed may not actually be views)
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To: Nick Danger
I concur 100%. Fantastic idea!
7 posted on 07/22/2003 4:55:43 PM PDT by hoosiermama (.Prayer for all)
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To: Enemy Of The State
Here is something I have not seen in a long time.......

GO BUSH GO!!!!!!!!!!!
8 posted on 07/22/2003 5:01:49 PM PDT by cmsgop (Has anyone seen my Schwab ?)
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To: shadeaud
You serious?
9 posted on 07/22/2003 5:16:23 PM PDT by DittoJed2
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To: Nick Danger
String 'em up in the town square until the flys lay maggots in their bloody wounds and the vultures eat the flesh from their bones.
10 posted on 07/22/2003 5:18:55 PM PDT by Delta 21 (God Bless America)
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To: shadeaud
Is that a joke or for real?
11 posted on 07/22/2003 5:23:57 PM PDT by Ronin (Qui tacet consentit!)
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To: shadeaud
OMG!!! He really said that?

I would have expected that from my fellow Canadian Jennings - who, BTW, you should expell - but not Brokejaw.

12 posted on 07/22/2003 5:24:18 PM PDT by hawkaw
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To: Nick Danger
I think we oughta hang 'em up. A la Mussolini..
13 posted on 07/22/2003 5:26:49 PM PDT by TomServo ("Hi! I'm Moisty, the national spokesman for sweat!")
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To: shadeaud
See what you started? ;-)
14 posted on 07/22/2003 5:27:25 PM PDT by TomServo ("Hi! I'm Moisty, the national spokesman for sweat!")
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To: TomServo
I just saw Paula Zahn on CNN ask whether it was a "mistake" to have killed the Hussein sons. She asked whether it would have been better to catch them alive. The left is already starting to criticize our military for a job well done. Next the ACLU will ask whether we had a warrant.
15 posted on 07/22/2003 5:32:14 PM PDT by Ron in Acreage
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To: shadeaud
Shirley, your jest.
16 posted on 07/22/2003 5:35:16 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: Nick Danger
Why the hell weren't they captured?! This is too stupid to be merely stupidity. They would have been founts of information, if in fact we need any.
17 posted on 07/22/2003 6:00:26 PM PDT by Anthem (Voting is one thing... but culture trumps any campaign. What are you doing for the culture?)
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To: presidio9
Has Howard Dean sent condolences yet?
18 posted on 07/22/2003 6:00:40 PM PDT by Ukiapah Heep (Shoes for Industry!)
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To: Ron in Acreage
She asked whether it would have been better to catch them alive.

I can understand that. Think of the Intel we could gather. Of course the reverse is true also. Any Intel they gave would take weeks to verify, if not months. As far as I'm concerned, I'm glad they're "deader than s**t".

19 posted on 07/22/2003 6:03:21 PM PDT by TomServo ("Hi! I'm Moisty, the national spokesman for sweat!")
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To: Ukiapah Heep
Chirac is breathing a sigh of relief.
20 posted on 07/22/2003 6:05:15 PM PDT by lavrenti
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To: Ron in Acreage
It would have been better to capture them. However, at least one American soldier was shot.
I presume that indicates that the Hussein's had no desire to be captured alive.
I suppose that stun grenades, snipers with dart guns, and assault forces armed with Less than lethal weapons could possibly have been used. However, the circumstances may have made it impossible.
21 posted on 07/22/2003 6:33:40 PM PDT by rmlew ("Millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute.")
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To: TomServo
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm glad they're deader than s**t".

I agree. Before it was fully confirmed that the two were dead, I heard on the news all sorts of discussions on who would try them, where, etc. Dead is better for these two, otherwise they could have lived, even in captivity, another 50 years before lawyers and civil liberties groups decided their fate. Yes, dead is better.

22 posted on 07/22/2003 7:09:44 PM PDT by maxwellp (Throw the U.N. in the garbage where it belongs.)
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To: lavrenti
Chirac is breathing a sigh of relief.

That is the understatement of the day.

The French goveernment was in cahoots so deep, whale crap could be seem floating above

23 posted on 07/22/2003 7:20:51 PM PDT by JZoback (Don't have such an open mind, your brain falls out)
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To: Ukiapah Heep
Has Howard Dean sent condolences yet?
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Tom Daschle is deeply concerned.
24 posted on 07/22/2003 8:08:00 PM PDT by night reader
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