On the basis of those intercepts and other recently obtained evidence, American intelligence agencies have shifted their view, and now say that Mr. Hussein and at least one of his sons, Qusay, probably are still alive and still in Iraq. But Mr. Mahmoud's claim that he and the sons had spent time after the war in Syria before being expelled by Syrian authorities adds a new element to that working theory.Read the rest ..."
U.S. forces hit a possible intelligence gold mine Saturday as they raided an abandoned community hall, finding piles of intelligence equipment and stacks of top secret documents bearing the seal of the former Iraqi secret service ? some of which made reference to Iraq's nuclear program.
In the same building troops also found two large rooms stacked with cryptograph machines, secure transmission devices and binders of documents, with more papers strewn across the floor.
Some of the documents made reference to Iraq's nuclear program, including manifests for the delivery of communications equipment to the Iraqi nuclear agency. One letter, dated Feb. 7, 1998, from the National Security Council of Iraq was addressed to the Iraqi Nuclear Organization. with a carbon to the Mukhabarat, the secret intelligence service.
WASHINGTON -- Saddam Hussein's former personal secretary has told interrogators he saw the deposed Iraqi president alive after both attempts to kill him with U.S. bombs, U.S. officials told CNN.
Those officials said Gen. Abid Hamid Mahmoud al-Tikriti, who was recently captured by U.S. forces, told interrogators that Saddam had been hiding separately from members of the former ruling family.
Government sources told CNN that Mahmoud said the last time he saw Saddam was in early April, when Saddam and his two sons, Uday and Qusay, split up to avoid capture.
The United Nations nuclear watchdog has accounted for most of the uranium feared stolen from Iraq's largest nuclear site, Tuwaitha, reports say.
"Nearly all the material that went missing has been recovered," International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) spokeswoman Melissa Fleming told Science magazine.
A team from the IAEA visited the facility earlier this month to check nuclear material against the agency's inventories and to secure any nuclear materials lying around.
Their report is yet to be made public.