Sons of Saddam Hussein Dead in Iraq
Four months after the U.S. went to war, U.S. forces said they killed Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s two sons.
Odai and Qusay were killed Tuesday in Mosul, a city in the northern part of Iraq (news - web sites), when American soldiers from the 101st Airborne division attacked a house belonging to Saddam's cousin. Officials say the U.S. forces were acting on a tip from an Iraqi informant. In all, four Iraqis were killed in the six-hour firefight.
Saddam himself was not in the house, nor was there any reason to believe he would be. But the two sons were major targets -- numbers two and three in the deck of most-wanted Iraqis from the old regime. Qusai was thought to be Saddam's successor. He directed much of the brutal security force in the country, including the former Republican guard. Odai had a reputation for brutality, controlling the Fedayeen, many of whom are thought to be part of the ongoing guerrilla attacks against U.S. troops.
"It's a great day for the Iraqi people, and a great day for the American military," said Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq.
It is hoped that Tuesday's action will reduce attacks on U.S. forces. And yet critics of the Bush administration's policy on Iraq were steadfast, including Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Missouri, who brought his presidential campaign to San Francisco Tuesday afternoon.
"I wrote into the resolution a suggestion that the president give the country a plan on the aftermath," Gephardt said. "He's not really done that, and we're in a tough situation now where we're there alone."
As for Tuesday's raid, each of the sons had a $15 million reward on his head, offered by the U.S. And a source said he expects that reward will be paid.
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