Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction

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.

The problems with Abou Rabeh’s story (as detailed at The National Ledger, The Great Satan, and The Neoconservative) are as follows:

  • 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.

Elsewhere: Outside The Beltway, Michelle Malkin, Charles Johnson

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