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サダム、最初の爆撃で輸血を必要とする重傷か?[Sydney Morning Herald]
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投稿者 通りすがり 日時 2003 年 3 月 23 日 08:39:23:lsnwkuzsIdHho

英国情報部の筋ですが。

Saddam needed blood transfusion after attack: UK briefing

March 23 2003, 8:16 AM


Saddam Hussein is thought to have needed a blood transfusion after being seriously wounded in the first wave of cruise missile attacks, according to a British intelligence briefing.

British prime minister Tony Blair's War Cabinet was told in the special 40-minute briefing of the injuries suffered by Saddam when his bunker was hit on Wednesday night.

His son, Uday, is also thought to have been badly hurt and may be dead. According to Britain's Sunday Telegraph, American officials claimed that another of Saddam's relatives, Ali Hassan al-Majid - known as Chemical Ali for his involvement the infamous 1988 Halabja chemical weapons attacks - had been killed.

"Saddam Hussein was so badly injured he needed a blood transfusion," an official told the newspaper. "Unfortunately, he was not critically injured. We think he is still alive. We also think his son Uday was killed or badly injured in the attack."

But Associated Press reports that US intelligence indicates that Ali Hassan is alive and may command some of Iraq's military efforts.

A senior US official said today there was no new, credible intelligence that would indicate whether Saddam or his sons Qusai and Odai were alive, dead or wounded.

State-run Iraqi television reported that Saddam held two meetings today with senior government members and Qusai Hussein, who had been regarded as his father's likely successor.

Video footage from the meetings was not shown during the initial broadcast, but did air in an evening report. A military spokesman read a communique on the day's fighting, which included combat missions by Fedayeen Saddam, a paramilitary militia used by Saddam's government to oppress internal foes. It has been commanded by Odai Hussein.

The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Ali Hassan was not thought to be present in the war's opening strike that was aimed at Saddam.

As for Saddam, "I have no idea where he is right now," General Tommy Franks said today during a press briefing at command headquarters in Qatar. He said he believes there is "a certain confusion" going on within the Iraqi government as to control, and American forces do not consider their mission to be about Saddam alone.

"It is not about that one personality," Franks said. "In fact, it is about this regime. And so that's what we're going to focus on."

Described as one of Saddam's chief enforcers, Ali Hassan is believed to be commanding Iraqi military and security efforts in a large portion of southeastern Iraq. The Bush administration has said it wants Ali Hassan tried for war crimes or crimes against humanity.

The official also said that as of this morning, the six fighting divisions of the veteran Republican Guard, most of which are guarding the approaches to Baghdad, appeared ready to fight.

Mr Blair warned his Cabinet that Saddam's forces will use their banned weapons in the final stages of the war, and British intelligence officers regard the crossing of the Euphrates as a possible trigger for such an order.

Major Patrick Trueman, a British military intelligence officer, said: "It would have been madness for Iraq to use chemicals near the border because that would have turned world opinion against them immediately. But the Euphrates is a key decision point for Saddam. Once it is crossed the route to Baghdad is fairly clear.

"We have always feared that this may be the time when he decides that he has nothing to lose and uses chemical weapons to inflict as much damage as possible upon us."

http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/03/23/1048354460615.html

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