7/29/2003 11:13pm, #1
'Saddam' mourns dead sons on tape sent to TV station
By Harry de Quetteville in Tikrit
Saddam Hussein yesterday eulogised his sons as "martyrs for Iraq" in a taped message said to be from the deposed dictator. The broadcast came hours after the capture of a suspected bodyguard and a militia leader loyal to Saddam, and underlined American claims to be closing in on their target. Aired on the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television station, the recorded voice said: "I mourn the deaths of Uday and Qusay and those who struggled with them. You are the honour of this nation. America will be defeated.
"Even if Saddam Hussein has 100 children other than Uday and Qusay, Saddam Hussein would offer them the same way." The tape may have done more to convince Iraqis that Uday and Qusay are indeed dead than any number of photographs of their corpses. The brothers were killed in a gun battle with American troops last week. The recording appeared to be a defiant response to the latest blow for Saddam, who is believed to be hiding inside Iraq. Not only are many of his associates now dead or under arrest, but there were growing signs that traditional Arab rules of hospitality exploited by the former dictator are crumbling. In the 24 hours leading up to yesterday, the US army's Task Force Iron Horse, which is leading the hunt for Saddam around Tikrit, conducted 233 raids.
The operations led to the capture of 29 people, reportedly including Adnan Abdullah Abid al-Musslit, a lifelong bodyguard for Saddam who had retired but was recalled to duty shortly before the war began. He was arrested after a brief struggle. Rafa Idham Ibrahim al-Hassan, thought to be a leader of the fedayeen militia in the region, and a security chief in Tikrit were also captured. A spokesman at the headquarters of Task Force Iron Horse, Lt Col Bill Macdonald, said: "They are being questioned and the noose is tightening rapidly on Saddam and his regime." America is offering £15 million for information leading to the capture of Saddam, a financial bait aimed at tempting Iraqis to abandon a traditional code of silence. After last week's killing of his feared sons, American officers leading the hunt for Saddam say they are now acting on a welter of local tips. Lt Col Macdonald said that Task Force Iron Horse, a 26,000-strong search team based around highly technical mechanised units of the 4th Infantry Division, was being "highly successful on an operational level".
Simon Behrndt, 24, an infantry soldier who has been on several operations, said: "Basically we go in, kick in the doors, pull the guys out of bed, drag them outside, put zip ties around their wrists, throw them in the truck and take them in for questioning." Pte Behrndt, a tae kwon do champion, said: "The raids are a real adrenaline rush. Plus I get to practise my tae kwon do moves on out-of-line EPWs [enemy prisoners of war].
Edited by - kungfoolss on July 29 2003 23:20:11Kungfoolss, Scourge of the theory-based stylists, Most Feared man at Bullshido.com, and the Preeminent Force in the martial arts political arena
7/30/2003 3:11am, #2
>Plus I get to practise my tae kwon do moves on out-of-line EPWs.
Well, you have to keep them entertained some how I guess.
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