Tuesday, April 8
Americans get ready to march on Tikrit
Ben Rooney, The Telegraph.co.uk, April 8, 2003
Lead elements of the first US reinforcements to arrive in Kuwait were poised yesterday to begin the long push into the spiritual heartland of the Iraqi regime.
According to senior defence sources the 4th Infantry Division, the US army's most modern and powerful division, will bypass Baghdad and head straight for Saddam's birthplace, Tikrit, some 350 miles north of Kuwait. Most of the regime leaders come from the town. [...]
Saddam fled Baghdad 3 days ago: Ex-aide
Press Trust of India
London, April 6--As US Forces tightened their grip on Baghdad, Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, along with his two sons, fled the capital three days ago for his home town of Tikrit, 175 km to the north, media reports said.
"I have been informed that once he had firm evidence that the Americans were closing in on Baghdad, he fled to his home town of Tikrit," claimed Haitham Rashid Wihaib,
Saddam's former Chief of Protocol in The Mail.
The dictator who used to being ferried around in a vast fleet of heavily armoured Mercedes left by way of anonymous taxis and battered pick up trucks in a convoy which would have looked like any other group of fleeing Iraqis.
"He has taken his two sons Uday and Qusay, and a handful of key advisors still loyal to him. In Baghdad, each local commander has been told to act as he sees fit," Wihaib said.
Wihaib, who claims to have spent nearly 20 years working for Saddam, said he also got to know Saddam's doubles.
"And the Saddam Hussein we saw shaking the hands of his subjects in that extraordinary walkab out on Friday, was definitely a doppelganger, thinner than the real thing and without his rolling walk. [...]