posted on Jul, 22 2003 @ 06:37 PM
Interesting intelligence and identification methodologies.
Here's an interesting, pro-American, news trickle from on far:
US Confirms Saddam's Sons Dead
23/07/2003 11:12 AM
Miral Fahmy and Tabassum Zakaria
The US has confirmed that Saddam Hussein's two sons Uday and Qusay have been killed in a fierce gun battle with US troops at a villa in the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul, US officials say.
"We're certain that Uday and Qusay were killed," Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez told a news conference in Baghdad on Tuesday. "We've used
multiple sources to identify the individuals."
Uday, 39, Saddam's eldest son, was feared and famed throughout Iraq for his cruelty and playboy lifestyle. Qusay, born in 1966, was one of his
father's most trusted lieutenants.
Sanchez said the US military had been given a "walk-in" tip that Qusay and Uday were in the villa and that the six-hour raid involved various
military units, including special forces.
The military was still working to identify two other bodies recovered from the villa, he said. Four soldiers were wounded in the operation.
Saddam himself was not believed to have been at the villa, US officials said.
Widespread gunfire crackled across Baghdad after dark as word spread that Saddam's sons had been killed.
"It's celebration. People have heard about what happened," a US military spokesman said.
The deaths of Uday and Qusay could be a telling US gain in the struggle to convince Iraqis the horrors the two sons and their father represent can
It could also bring welcome relief to US President George W. Bush, who has been under pressure over a mounting death toll among US troops in
guerrilla-style attacks that they blame on die-hard supporters of the former Iraqi leader.
"This will prove to the Iraqi people that at least these two members of the regime will not be coming back to power which is what we've said over
and over again," said Sanchez.
US Soldier Killed In Ambush
The imposing, concrete villa belonged to a businessman with close ties to Saddam's family, neighbours said.
Mosul residents said shots were fired from the house as the troops took up positions and approached it in the morning sun.
A new ambush on Tuesday claimed the life of a sixth soldier in five days. A Sri Lankan Red Cross technician was killed in another incident.
Ordinary Iraqis have been grumbling ever more loudly about the failure of the occupying US and British forces to restore basic services and hand power
back to Iraqis.
US officials put multi-million dollar bounties on the heads of Saddam and his sons, saying their deaths or capture could help to reassure Iraqis they
could cooperate with Americans without fear.
There was delight among people in Baghdad as the news from Mosul filtered through to the capital, but at least one man voiced disappointment that
Uday, who ran much of Iraq's media and sport, had been killed.
"I don't want him dead. I want to torture him first," said Alaa Hamed, who was a producer at Uday's television channel.
He said Uday had personally beaten him with electrical cables when he made mistakes.
US forces have announced the capture of 34 of the 55 Iraqis on a most-wanted list of members of Saddam's regime.
The death on Tuesday of the 39th US soldier to be killed by hostile fire since Bush declared major combat over on May 1 highlighted the pressure his
forces are under. Bush said on Monday he would welcome military help from abroad.
But countries such as France, Germany and Russia, which opposed the US and British invasion of Iraq, want a clearer UN mandate before getting involved
in a messy situation which they had warned Washington could be the result from a war.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday met three delegates from Baghdad's new Iraqi Governing Council presenting a case for recognition. They were the
first Baghdad delegates to go to the United Nations since Saddam was toppled.
But diplomats at the United Nations, scene of so much sharp diplomatic skirmishing over Iraq before U.S. bombs began falling on March 20, said the
Governing Council would not be allowed to take up Baghdad's seat in New York for now.
The 25-member Governing Council was appointed by US authorities in Baghdad nine days ago.
Adnan Pachachi, spokesman for the Iraqi delegation, told the Security Council: "The state intelligence services and mandatory arrests and random
executions are done for once and for all.
"The people of Iraq have...tasted a sense of freedom that has been denied to them for so many decades."