Thursday, March 10, 2005

Public Version of Saddam Capture: Fiction?

Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction?

An alleged ex-Marine who claims to have participated in the capturing of Saddam Hussein says the public version of his capture was fabricated, United Press International is reporting.

Former Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh was quoted in a Saudi newspaper as saying the ousted Iraqi president was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army, according to UPI.

"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced," the UPI report quoted Abou Rabeh as saying.

Whom do you believe? is it possible that Saddam coming out of his hole was entirely made up just to make the U.S. look strong in the war against Iraq?

This ex-Marine, Nadim Abou Rabeh, has a lot of explaining to do to make his story and his timeline valid.

The Pentagon is flatly denying the report. "It's not true, period," Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin told

UPI said it published a summary of the al-Medina newspaper report without seeking Pentagon comment.

Abou Rabeh, who is of Lebanese descent, according to UPI, said Hussein was captured after fierce resistance. He said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a room on the second floor. Then they shouted at him in Arabic: "You have to surrender. ... There is no point in resisting."

"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," UPI quoted Abou Rabeh as saying.

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