Thursday, July 24
U.S. Releases Photographs of Saddam's Slain Sons
Chris Helgren, Reuters, July 24, 2003
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military issued photographs of the bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay on Thursday in an effort to prove to skeptical Iraqis that the feared brothers had been killed.
Officers in Baghdad released two mortuary pictures of the upper body and head of Uday, 39, and two of Qusay, 37, along with comparative pictures of the brothers when they were alive and X-ray slides apparently used to help identify Uday.
The pictures showed the bodies of the two men lying face up on plastic sheeting. Earlier, military officials showed Reuters initial pictures showing Uday had been wounded in the face.
Uday and Qusay were killed on Tuesday when 200 U.S. troops attacked their hideout in Mosul with helicopters, grenades, heavy machineguns and anti-tank missiles.
Military officers said Uday appeared to have been killed by a bullet in the head, but it was not yet known whether he had been shot by U.S. soldiers or had committed suicide.
Many Iraqis had said they would not believe Uday and Qusay were really dead until they saw proof. [...]