Pentagon officials say Saddam Hussein possibly killed, says Newsweek reporter

15 April 2003
US Defence Department officials believe there is a 60:40 possibility that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was killed in the overnight attack on Baghdad by US bombers and cruise missiles, Newsweek Washington reporter Mark Hosenball told BBC World Service Radio on 20 March. He also said Defence Department officials are considering the possibility that Saddam Hussein's son Qusay, who is head of the Iraqi Republican Guard, may have been killed in the attack.

Hosenball was speaking following a press briefing by US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld in which he said that he was still assessing the impact of the attack. Defence Department officials say that the hit was launched against a senior command and control centre and was not an assassination attempt.

Saddam Hussein appeared on Iraqi television about three hours after the attack, which took place at about 5:30am GMT on 20 March, but some analysts say that a body double might have been used.

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