Saddam tells interrogators: ''U.S. dreamed'' about Iraq WMD to have reason for war
U.S. officials said captured Saddam Hussein faces tough interrogations about ongoing attacks against occupation forces, and his regime's banned weapons programs. In the meantime, U.S. officials declined to specify Saddam's whereabouts, saying late Sunday only that he had been moved to a secure location. The Dubai-based Arab TV station Al-Arabiya said he was taken to Qatar, though that could not be confirmed.
Meanwhile, a U.S. intelligence official in Iraq said that Saddam "has not been very cooperative," with interrogators in initial questioning, Time Magazine reported on its website on Monday.
The official said that the former Iraqi president didn't answer any of the initial questions directly and was sometimes less than coherent.
The official said that when asked "How are you?", Saddam answered, "I am sad because my people are in bondage." He also refused a glass of water offered to him, saying, "If I drink water I will have to go to the bathroom and how can I use the bathroom when my people are in bondage."
Interrogators also asked Saddam whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. "No, of course not," Saddam answered, according to the official, "the U.S. dreamed them up itself to have a reason to go to war with us."
In arelated development, eight people were killed and 80 wounded in Kirkuk by shots fired in the air during celebrations of the capture, said hospital official Shehab Ahmed, according to The AP.
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