A former U.S. Marine who allegedly participated in the capture of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated. In this UPI story – Public version of Saddam capture fiction – former Marine Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted as saying the Saddam capture was staged.
“I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced,” Abou Rabeh said.
“We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of Sudanese origin was killed,” he said.
Current and former members of the military and the Marines cannot find any record of the existence of a Nadim Abou Rabeh.
Notice in these pictures the US flags on the shoulders of the soldiers holding Saddam, the Marine Corps does not put flags on their uniforms.
No Marine units were in the vicinity of the area where Saddam was captured.
According to DOD records, no Marines were killed during that time frame, either the day before, day of or day after.
He claims the hole the US showed was simply an abandoned well, but news photographers climbed down in it with their cameras and showed both the tomb-like square bottom and the air vent. [Paul]
Just so the editors at UPI don’t feel too bad, they’ll be happy to remember that the AP ran a story about a action figure held hostage in Iraq by terrorists.