BRIEFING: AT WAR WITH IRAQ
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Day 21 April 9, 3003
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Saddam regime collapses

The regime of President Saddam Hussein is said to have collapsed.

U.S. officials said the last traces of command and control of Iraqi forces have dissipated. They said representatives of the regime have simply disappeared.

There was no presence of the Saddam regime in Baghdad on Wednesday. Iraqi Information Minister Mohammed Sahaf failed to give his daily briefing and employees of his ministry were gone.

Officials said Iraq's military and Saddam's militias continue to resist in Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit. But they said the activities of Saddam's forces are completely disorganized.

The fate of Saddam remains unclear in wake of the U.S. air bombing of a suspected bunker in Baghdad on Monday. Officials said they believe regime leaders are trying to flee to Syria.


Saddam aides caught fleeing to Syria

Aides of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are fleeing Syria according to opposition sources.

The Iraqi opposition said leaders of the ruling Baath Party fled from Baghdad and other cities for the Syrian border. The opposition said several regime leaders have been arrested while trying to escape the Iraqi capital.

The pro-U.S. Patriotic Union of Kurdistan said Saddam's aides have appealed to Syria for political asylum. PUK television did not provide details.

Western intelligence sources said most of Saddam's family has already been granted asylum in Syria. This includes Saddam's wife, Sajedah and her grandchildren and daughters. Saddam and his two sons Uday and Qusay were said to have remained in Baghdad.


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