Abu Dhabi TV Airs "Pictures of Saddam" on April 9

Politics | April 18, 2003, Friday // 00:00

Abu Dhabi television aired pictures Friday of what it said was Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in the streets of Baghdad last week being greeted by a cheering crowd of Iraqis.

The film is said to have been shot April 9, the day U.S forces moved into Baghdad.

If authentic the footage would deny reports that Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been killed during the night of April 7-8 as a result of a bombing raid on the al-Mansur district of Baghdad. This was announced in an interview with al-Jazeera television by Amr Naffah, a well-known Iraqi journalist who is close to Iraqi government circles.

The United States said it was studying the tape.
However, an Iraqi envoy loyal to Saddam said Friday he was confident the Iraqi president was killed by the coalition bombing of Baghdad.

"I know his character," Iraq's ambassador to Belgrade, Sami Sadoun, told The Associated Press in an interview. "The defense of Baghdad would not have collapsed so quickly if he was not dead."

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