Walk-in informant qualifies for $30 million reward

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

An Iraqi walked into a facility of the 101st Airborne and reported the presence of Saddam's sons in a Mosul home, said Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez in a briefing from Baghdad on Tuesday.

The United States has offered $25 million for information that would lead to the capture of Saddam. The award for each of Saddam's sons was set at $15 million.

Today, Sanchez will provide additional details of the deaths of Uday and Qusay Hussein in a Defense Department briefing, the Pentagon said .

Officials said they did not believe that either Uday or Qusay was involved in directing the Sunni insurgency against the U.S. military. Mosul, regarded as a Saddam stronghold, is not located in the Sunni Triangle and officials said many of the Sunni attacks have been carried out by Islamic insurgents.

The two sons of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein were killed in a U.S. military operation in northern Iraq earlier Tuesday.

U.S. officials said Uday and Qusay Hussein were killed in the battle between the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division and Saddam's forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. They said about 200 U.S. soldiers, who included members of Task Force 20, raided the home of Saddam's cousin on in a fight that included missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.

U.S. troops were supported by two OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters.

Officials said the helicopters fired several anti-tank missiles into the Mosul house.

"Four Iraqis were killed in the operation," U.S. Central Command said in a statement. "We have confirmed that two of the dead were Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay."

The home of Saddam cousin Nawaf Azidan was said to have contained senior Saddam aides. Nawaf is a leader of the Sunni tribe of Abul Nasser, which has been loyal to Saddam.

The killing of Saddam's son comes as the U.S. Army prepares to release a plan to rotate troops in Iraq. Officials said the plan, details of which will be released on Wednesday, will bring new troops for one year and maintains the current force level at nearly 150,000 troops. Officials said the operation took six hours and that four Iraqis were killed, including the 14-year-old son of Qusay. He said four soldiers of the U.S. force were wounded.

"We're certain that Uday and Qusay were killed today," Sanchez, commander of the U.S. Army's Coalition Joint Task Force Seven, said in the briefing. "We've used multiple sources to identify the individuals."

"This will prove to the Iraqi people that at least these two members of the regime will not be coming back into power, which is what we stated over and over again,"

Sanchez said. "And we remain totally committed to the Hussein regime never returning to power and tormenting the Iraqi people."

On Wednesday, the U.S. military reported that two U.S. soldiers were killed in Sunni attacks, one of them on the outskirts of Mosul. At the same time, another tape attributed to Saddam was released by the Dubai-based Al Arabiya satellite channel. The voice purportedly that of Saddam urged Iraqis to keep fighting the United States.

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