Saddam Probably Alive in Iraq, U.S. Experts Say

(New York Times) Douglas Jehl and David Johnston - Intercepted communications between some of Saddam Hussein's supporters have included credible discussions indicating that the former Iraqi president is alive and must be protected, Defense Department officials said. Gen. Richard B. Myers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "probably the majority opinion is that he is alive." The uncertainty about Mr. Hussein has complicated American efforts to stabilize Iraq. Administration officials said conviction that he may be alive appears to be an important factor in the surge of armed opposition against American forces. American officials said that the most senior Iraqi officials now in custody were proving to be highly trained in resisting American interrogation techniques, and that they had provided little information of value about Mr. Hussein or Iraq's weapons programs.

2003-06-19 00:00:00

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