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Iraq: U.S. General Says Hussein Will Be Found

Baghdad, 27 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- General Richard Myers, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, said today that following the deaths of Saddam Hussein's two sons, he is sure the ousted Iraqi dictator will be found. Speaking on arrival in Baghdad, Myers said there has been a big increase in the number of informants coming forward, providing evidence of weapons caches and the locations of Iraqi officials. He expressed confidence it is only a matter of time until Hussein is found.

Meanwhile, the U.S. offical in charge of ground forces in Iraq says that the matter of what to do with the bodies of Hussein's sons, Uday and Qusay, is now being considered by U.S. officials and their Iraqi counterparts. Lieutenant-General Ricardo Sanchez was speaking in an interview on CNN.

Iraq's transitional Governing Council has called for the bodies to be given to the family. Sheikh Mahmud al-Nada, leader of the Bunasser tribe allied to Saddam Hussein, said on Al-Jazeera television that he believes the request will be successful:

"There was a person who is coordinator with [the chief U.S. administrator for Iraq, L. Paul] Bremer," he said. "He told me when [he goes] back to Baghdad [that he] will raise the matter. Today, I received news that I have to do a petition or demand addressed to the Red Cross and the Red Cross will refer it to the higher authorities. Then they will release the bodies to the Red Cross. Then they will deliver us the bodies. This is the last news I received."