Report: Saddam bodyguard informed US forces of former leader's whereabouts
Ousted Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was betrayed by a relative who served as his personal bodygyard and who led US troops to the former leader's secret hideout after drugging him, a Jordanian newspaper reported Thursday, quoting a source close to the US-led occupation in Iraq.
"A source close to the occupation forces...disclosed that the one who informed [occupation forces] on Saddam, betrayed him and handed him over to the US forces is his relative, General Mohammed Ibrahim Omar al-Muslit," Al-Arab Al-Yawm reported.
Muslit was Saddam Hussein's "personal bodyguard and companion throughout the period of his disappearance as he moved from one hideout to another," the report added.
According to the source, Muslit was the connection between the former Iraqi leader and his relatives and knew of his various covert hideouts. He informed some of his relatives of his intentions to betray Saddam and "contacted the Americans through one relative he trusted," the newspaper said.
They agreed on a plan by which Muslit had "to drug the Iraqi president...to guarantee his capture alive, without giving him an opportunity to resist or to escape from the trap that was laid out for him," the report said. The officer "succeeded in drugging Saddam in his hideout," the report added. (Albawaba.com)
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