Posted by Brian at 5:06 PM
Don't know what to make of this either
but it wouldn't surprise me at all.
A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was fabricated.
Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S. Army.
"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.
Thus far, Juan Cole doesn't have anything on the story, and he's the biggest Middle East expert I know of, but he'd be the person I look to to give some indication of how reliable of a news source al-Medina is. I imagine he'll have something to say on this soon.