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Bodies of Saddam Hussein's Sons were 'Touched Up'

I wonder what else they "touched up"?
Reuters Sees Touched Up Bodies of Saddam Sons

By Andrew Marshall

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Iraq partly rebuilt the faces of two bodies shown to journalists on Friday in an effort to convince Iraqis that the battle-scarred corpses were those of Saddam Hussein's widely feared sons.


I was one of 15 journalists shown into an air-conditioned, khaki tent at Baghdad airport to view the corpses. They did look like the brothers, who U.S. troops said they killed during a siege on Tuesday.


Arabic networks al-Jazeera, Abu Dhabi Television and other broadcasters began showing the bodies identified as Uday and Qusay, laid out at the makeshift airport morgue.


A U.S. military official said "facial reconstruction" was used to repair wounds, particularly to the face of the elder son Uday, which had disfigured the bodies shown originally to the public in photographs taken by soldiers after the battle.


An uncharacteristic beard on the body of Qusay, seen in those U.S. pictures, had been shaved off, leaving a mustache.


Inside the tent, U.S. officials said it was standard practice to use morticians putty to prepare bodies for viewing and was not intended to fool the Iraqi people.


But while it may be common in the United States, the move is unheard of in the Arab world. That could affect Washington's efforts to quash Iraqi conspiracy theories that the bodies are not in fact those of the once powerful and hated sons of Saddam, who is believed to be still in hiding in Iraq.


U.S. officials have already played down the importance of visually identifying the men, saying their dental and medical records positively identified the brothers. Four top Saddam aides have also made positive identification, they say.


"You can make anyone look like anyone else," one U.S. official said, insisting the medical evidence was compelling.


The brothers were lying side-by-side on metal trolleys, their bruised bodies, riddled with bullets and shrapnel, naked apart from a blue cloth that covered their genitals.


Autopsies had been performed on both men and large Y-shape incisions bound by black stitches marked their torsos.


SURGICAL HISTORY

Uday still wore his beard. A hole in the top of his skull was left untouched. U.S. officials said they had no evidence to support suggestions that he had shot himself to avoid capture.


A faint smell of disinfectant hung in the air.


Journalists were shown a metal orthopedic plate that officials said they had removed from Uday's left leg and were told that its serial number matched that of a disc that was inserted in his limb after a failed 1996 assassination attempt.


U.S. officials have declined to reveal how they have had access to the former ruling family's medical records.


They said both men had died from multiple gunshot wounds and blast injuries in the northern city of Mosul. Two other people also died. Those bodies were not shown. U.S. officials say one of them was probably Qusay's teenage son, Mustapha.


DNA tests were also being carried out but because previous samples of Uday and Qusay's DNA were not available, U.S. officials said this test would not conclusively identify the bodies. Washington says it has Saddam's DNA.

The officials said the bodies would be refrigerated to slow decomposition but their fate thereafter remains unknown. Muslim tradition demands that they be buried as soon as possible.

A spokesman for the U.S.-led administration said no one had so far come forward to claim the bodies of the fugitives for burial. He said: "If any of their family members want to come forward, we'd be delighted to speak to them."

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... 25.Jul.2003 08:11

this thing here

after seeing the photos, i was surprised how unconvincing, inconclusive, and indeffinite they were. no wonder they were "touched up".

Whyiodda 25.Jul.2003 09:59

Arnold the Pig

The PHOTOS from Thursday were not touched up.

The BODIES were subsequently "touched up" for viewing. They would do this to YOU, too.

to 'Arnold the Pig'-- 25.Jul.2003 11:25

%

"The PHOTOS from Thursday were not touched up."

--HOW THE FUCK WOULD *****YOU***** KNOW?????!?!??!?????!?!?!??!?

"The BODIES were subsequently "touched up" for viewing. They would do this to YOU, too."

--ARE the REALLY "BODIES"??????

was the "gassed dog" for real?

have the "Osama bin Laden" audiotapes been authenticated?

what about the "voice of Saddam" tapes from last week?

FUCK YOU, Pig.

Not enough brutality 25.Jul.2003 12:10

normal dude from the 14th century

I'm very disappointed. I wish they had captured them alive, then publicly tortured them for hours before splitting them apart while still alive with teams of horses. Or they could have impaled them publicly, and let people watch them squirm for a few hours. At the very least they could have cut off their heads and let some soldiers parade around with the head on their bayonets, and then let Bush use the heads for a soccer game with his Dad and Mom and wife and kids. Why not? You people are way too civilized! Not brave enough to follow your true desires!

Peasant from 14th century england

% 25.Jul.2003 12:53

Arnold the Pig

Ahem....that's Mr. Pig, to you....

14th century dude 25.Jul.2003 14:00

Fred

nice.

your take is actually more fitting to our times, since we've regressed at least that far in treating the Iraqis like monkeys we have trapped, expecting classic responses from them upon seeing the pictures, as though they aren't capable of words and communication.

I mean seriously, this is nation that was supposed to have nukes, bioweapons, etc., but then we're expecting them to respond like demoralized savages when they see 'their leaders' killed?

They can't have it both ways.

... 25.Jul.2003 14:38

this thing here

>since we've regressed at least that far in treating the Iraqis like monkeys we have trapped, expecting classic responses from them upon seeing the pictures,<

this is good. i'm glad someone has put it into words. thank you.

double standard 30.Jul.2003 10:28

David

I'm sure had they done the same, the media would be playing up their "savage primitive nature". Thoroughly depressing. What terrible spin.