BRIEFING: AT WAR WITH IRAQ
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Day 4 March 23, 3003
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Intelligence believes Saddam survived

LONDON Western intelligence agencies have concluded that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein survived a U.S. air and missile attack on his home last week.

The agencies were said to have concluded that Saddam was in his house when U.S. cruise missiles and F-117 stealth fighters attacked on late Wednesday in Baghdad. Saddam might have been slightly injured in the attack as well, the agencies reported.

"We've received information that Saddam Hussein left the area in an ambulance," British Foreign Office Minister Mike O'Brien said on Sunday.

"There was some talk that he had been injured, even some suggestion that he had been killed. It seems that is unlikely, that if he was injured it doesn't appear it was a serious injury."

O'Brien told the London-based British Broadcasting Corp. that the information on Saddam's apparent injuries came from at least one eyewitness. Britain has 45,000 troops fighting in Iraq.

The British minister confirmed earlier reports by U.S. intelligence sources that said Saddam was seen being taken from his home on a stretcher. The CIA has also concluded that Saddam survived last week's attack.


Iraq captures first U.S. pilot

Iraq has captured its first U.S. pilot.

The pilot was said to have bailed out of his U.S. fighter-jet on Sunday near the Tigris River. He was soon captured by Iraqi forces.

U.S. officials have confirmed that an air force pilot has gone missing. They said they were checking for more details.

Iraq has claimed the capture of five U.S. servicemen. Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan said the Americans would be brought out in front of television cameras soon.


Al Qaida ruled out as cause of attack in Kuwait

ABU DHABI A U.S. soldier was killed and 13 others were injured in an attack in Kuwait attributed to a fellow serviceman.

Officials said a U.S. soldier hurled grenades in the command center of the 101st Division's 1st Brigade at Camp Pennsylvania near the Iraqi border. The soldier threw three grenades into three tents filled with sleeping soldiers.

Later, a U.S. soldier was arrested and interrogated. His name was not released, but he was said to have been a Muslim member of the engineering platoon who had been acting strangely over the last week as his unit was preparing to enter Iraq.

Two Kuwaiti nationals hired as translators at the camp were detained and released. A U.S. military spokesman did not provide further identity of the attacker, but said he was motivated by "resentment."


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