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Saddam near Tikrit: US

Tikrit, Oct. 13 (Reuters): Ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is believed to have been near his home town of Tikrit recently and is leading resistance to the US-led occupation, a senior officer of the US army unit controlling the area said today.

“We have clear indications that Saddam was here recently,” said Major Troy Smith, executive officer of the 1st Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. “Do I know where he is' No.”

Smith added that the fugitive former President might still be in the area around Tikrit, about 150 km north of Baghdad. He declined to provide details but said residents had told US forces Saddam was in the region.

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