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Iraq: No Bodies Found In Suspected Hussein Hideout

Baghdad, 29 May 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military today said it has found no signs of bodies in the rubble of a building bombed at the start of the Iraq war because it was suspected of being a hideout for deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. U.S. Colonel Tim Madere, who is in charge of searching "sensitive" sites in Iraq, said his team has found no bodies or evidence of underground facilities at the site where U.S. intelligence indicated Hussein was hiding on the eve of the war.

Madere said the site targeted on 20 May on the southern edge of Baghdad has been searched three times for Hussein's DNA. All searches were unsuccessful.

U.S. warplanes bombed the site in an effort to kill Hussein and his two sons, Uday and Qusay. After the strike, top U.S. officials said the strike had been successful and that Hussein and his two sons may have been killed or wounded in the attack.

The fates of the former Iraqi president and his sons are unknown.