TASK FORCE 20 LAUNCHES RAIDS ON AL-OUJA
Between Sunday, July 27, and Tuesday, July 29, 2003, Task Force 20,
combined U.S. Army Special Forces and CIA unit, conducted 58 raids in Iraq,
including three on houses in Al-Ouja, a village 3 kilometers (2 miles) north
of Tikrit, which was alleged to be the site of Saddam Hussein's large
"U.S. military officials declined to comment on Sunday's raid--as they have
on all efforts of Task Force 20, the unit detailed with hunting down
Hussein. Task Force 20 led the assault on Hussein's sons,
Uday and Qusay."
"Among those captured was
Adnan Abdullah Abid al- Musslit, who commanders
said was one of Saddam's most trusted bodyguards. Al-Musslit, who is
Saddam's cousin, was believed to have detailed knowledge of the ex-
dictator's hiding spots."
However, the raids on Al-Ouja failed to turn up any sign of Saddam Hussein
or the tunnel leading to the purported underground base. According to Iraqi
rumors, the base was built for Saddam by the Zarzi aliens,
to whom the Iraqi
dictator had granted sanctuary when their UFO crashed in Iraq in December
In other news, Saddam himself continued to make clandestine radio
broadcasts, with two more coming out last week.
Speculation that Uday and Qusay had survived the July 22 gun battle in
ended abruptly when Saddam himself acknowledged their deaths in his
audiotape of Tuesday, July 29, 2003.
"In the nine-minute audiotape, a voice resembling
Saddam's said he was glad Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed in battle because such a death 'is the
hope of every fighter.'"
"An audio tape attributed to Saddam was released Friday," August 1, 2003, by
the Arab television network Al-Jazeera, in which the speaker promised to
again take power and return Iraq 'to its normal state.'"
"'Our faith is great that God will support us and that one day the
occupation army will falter and that victory is possible at any moment in
the future as a result of the painful strikes of the mujaheddin (Muslim
guerrilla fighters--J.T.) and our people's insistence to stop the invaders,'
said the voice."
"The tape was the fourth purportedly released by
Saddam in two weeks."
the Chicago Tribune for July 29, 2003, "Explosion kills GI in Humvee along
highway," page 4; the Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for July 30, 2003,
"Audiotape attributed to Saddam acknowledges death of 2 sons," page A7;
Today for July 31, 2003, "High- tech tools used to hunt Saddam,"
page 5A; and the Duluth, Minn. News-Tribune for August 2, 2003, "Multiple attacks
launched on U.S. forces," page 6A.)