July 26, 2003
Breathing down Saddam's neck
The Americans say they have captured several of Saddam’s bodyguards, and yesterday it emerged that they believed they had come close to seizing the former Iraqi leader in Mosul shortly after the deaths of his sons last Tuesday.From tomorrow's Sunday Times of London.
According to military sources, intelligence intercepted a single satellite phone signal known to belong to Saddam during the bombardment of the building where Uday and Qusay were trapped.
Soldiers searched the nearby villa from which the call was made but Saddam was not there. US officers said the intercept was highly accurate, and they were convinced he had been hiding in the building. Yesterday they said they believed he was still in Mosul.
NOTE: The full article leads off with an interview with one of Uday's chief executioners, apparently still at large. His work reportedly involved such grisly tasks as mass beheadings and feeding victims to lions.
UPDATE: The article has now been reprinted here, for readers without access to the Times of London website.
UPDATE: And the hunt continues:
US soldiers said they missed catching Saddam Hussein's security chief - and possibly the former dictator himself - by a mere 24 hours. . .
Troops stormed three farms in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown town, in simultaneous pre-dawn raids after receiving a tip that Saddam's new security chief was staying at one of the farm houses, said Lt Col Steve Russell, who led the operation by the 4th Infantry.
"We missed him by 24 hours," Lt Col Russell said, adding residents told soldiers that the man they sought had been at one of the farm houses.
Posted by David on July 26, 2003 10:03 PM