Bush, Blair welcome the killing of Saddam sons

Published July 23rd, 2003 - 02:00 GMT

Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusai were killed in a six-hour firefight Tuesday when U.S. forces surrounded and then stormed a palatial villa in the northern Iraqi town of Mosul, a senior American general said. "We are certain that Uday and Qusai were killed today," said Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez at a news conference in Baghdad. "The bodies were in such a condition where you could identify them." The identifying marks included Uday's scars from a 1996 assassination attempt, an American source disclosed. 

 

He added that an informant had tipped off the US forces as to the whereabouts of Uday and Qusay.  

 

Earlier it was reported that four Iraqis were killed in a U.S. raid Tuesday in northern Iraq against a suspected hideout of high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein's regime.  

 

The raid at a house in the northern city of Mosul sparked a shootout between members of the 101st Airborne Division and gunmen holed up inside the compound, which later burned to the ground, officials said, according to AP.  

 

Four American troops were wounded in the raid. The house belonged to Nawaf al-Zaydan Muhhamad, a Saddam cousin and tribal leader in the region.  

 

U.S. President George W. Bush described it as "positive  

news" and "further assurance to the Iraqi people that the regime is gone and won't be back."  

 

British Prime Minister Tony Blair also welcomed the report of the deaths, saying that it marked a "great day for new Iraq." 

 

Paul Bremer, Iraq's top civilian administrator, cautioned "there will be some people who will be pretty unhappy that we killed these two guys."  

 

A prominent pro-U.S. Iraqi politician said Qusay, widely seen as his heir apparent, was more important, blaming him for the attacks on U.S. troops. "He was in charge of the network that was causing a great deal of the trouble," Ahmad Chalabi, head of the Iraqi National Congress, told reporters in New York.  

 

"This is very important. This will contribute considerably to reducing attacks on coalition soldiers. Both of those characters are hated figures in Iraq." (Albawaba.com)

© 2003 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)

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