Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uday Gangs Kill Troops in Revenge; THREE U.S. SOLDIERS DIE AFTER REVELATIONS THAT TYRANT'S SON TOOK HIS OWN LIFE

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Uday Gangs Kill Troops in Revenge; THREE U.S. SOLDIERS DIE AFTER REVELATIONS THAT TYRANT'S SON TOOK HIS OWN LIFE

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Byline: BOB GRAHAM

GUNMEN loyal to Saddam Hussein and his sons have killed three American soldiers in an apparent revenge attack.

The attack on soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul follows the three-hour gunfight at a villa in the same city which left Uday and Qusay dead.

It is the latest in a series of guerrilla ambushes on American troops in Iraq by Saddam loyalists.

A group described as supporters of Saddam Hussein appeared on Arabic TV channel al-Jazeera last night. The video footage shows a group of masked men brandishing assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

One of the gunmen said: "If this report about Uday and Qusay proves to be true, we will burn all of the United States."

He added: "The United States, Britain and Israel will not have peace. We will carry out operations inside the United States, inside Britain, inside Israel, and inside Iraq. We will make them regret what they did to Uday and Qusay."

The attack on US troops came as it was revealed that Uday may have killed himself in the last moments of Tuesday'sgun battle rather than face capture.

Military officials say a gunshot wound at the back of his head appears to have been self-inflicted and that Uday could have taken his life rather than face a humiliating trial and possible death sentence for crimes against humanity.

US forces entering the building at the end the siege found three bodies and killed Saddam's teenage grandson, Mustapha, as he made a last stand.

Both brothers were initially believed to have been killed by TOW missiles fired from Humvee vehicles deployed around the building.

The bodies of Saddam's two sons were later identified using X-rays and dental records, with help from former members of the regime now in captivity who knew them both.

Forensic specialists made only a 90 per cent match with Uday's teeth because some were damaged before he died. The fourth body is believed to be that of a bodyguard.

Photographs were taken of the corpses and shown to reporters after a military briefing in Baghdad yesterday by General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US forces in the region. …

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