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Letter to Iraqis Purportedly From Hussein

May 01, 2003|From Associated Press

CAIRO — A purported letter from Saddam Hussein published Wednesday in an Arabic-language newspaper in London urges Iraqis to "rise up" against occupation.

Al Quds al Arabi, which has taken a pro-Hussein editorial line and blamed the Iraqi people for the toppling of their leader, did not say how it obtained the letter.

To reporters familiar with documents attributed to Hussein, neither the handwriting nor the signature appeared similar, but the newspaper said "sources close to Saddam" confirmed that both were genuine.

In Washington, U.S. officials reacted with skepticism to the letter but declined to comment further.

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