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[casi] Breaking news: Saddam's sons probably killed...

U.S. Officials: Saddam's Sons May Have Been Found
Tue July 22, 2003 12:01 PM ET

By Tabassum Zakaria and Miral Fahmy

WASHINGTON/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's
two sons may have been found by U.S. forces during a
shootout on Tuesday in Iraq's northern city of Mosul
in which four high-ranking Saddam allies were killed,
U.S. officials said.

"There is a pretty decent chance (Saddam's sons Uday
and Qusay were there during the shootout)," one
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told
Reuters in Washington.

"There was a shootout in Mosul, and there is a number
of dead people and a couple of them could be Uday and
Qusay," the official said, but added it had not been
definitively confirmed.

U.S. forces said earlier they had stormed a house in
Mosul and killed four high-ranking allies of Saddam,
who was ousted as Iraqi president by U.S.-led forces
on April 9.

Some 200 soldiers blasted the villa with machineguns
and rockets during a four-hour battle before storming
the building and bringing out four bodies, U.S.
officers in Iraq said.

The officers declined to identify them or comment on
local rumors Saddam's sons might have been present.
U.S. forces have been conducting an intensive hunt for
the fugitive former Iraqi president himself, spurred
on by guerrilla-style attacks on their ranks that they
blame on his die-hard supporters.


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