Monday, March 24, 2003

The Washington Post is reporting, in a very interesting story by Walter Pincus:

Senior U.S. and foreign officials say their belief that Saddam Hussein was seriously wounded in a U.S. attack Thursday is primarily based on intercepted telephone calls of Iraqis living around the suburban Baghdad complex where he and his two sons were sleeping that morning and on reports from other Iraqis in contact with U.S. intelligence who claim to have been on the scene.

A senior administration official and a foreign official later said that some intelligence, including the story that Hussein was carried out of the building on a stretcher, came from U.S. operatives who listened in on phone calls made by Baghdad neighbors who witnessed the aftermath of the attack.

The story goes on to suggest that the U.S. military is in close contact with some Iraqi units, who are waiting to see how the wind blows before deciding to turn against Saddam or not.

On the attack against Saddam, I'm beginning to wonder what has become of Izzat Ibrahim, the third man in the triptych mentioned in an earlier post (which included Ibrahim, Ali Hassan al-Majid, and Taha Yassin Ramadan) of Iraqi officials who were supposedly killed. Indications are that Ali Hassan al-Majid is alive, and Ramadan was on TV yesterday, but Ibrahim has indeed disappeared.

Is he the one who didn't make it?

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