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U.S. Doesn’t Know if Saddam Is Alive

April 8, 2003

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Pentagon officials said Tuesday they can’t say whether Saddam Hussein was killed in the bunker-buster bombing of buildings in Baghdad, but that command orders are still being issued to key elements of Iraq’s military.

``I think the end game is the end of the regime and that’s much closer than people thought it was,″ said Maj. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, vice director of joint operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

McChrystal told a Pentagon briefing that some key elements of Saddam’s Republican Guard were still operating _ and appeared to be following orders, possibly from the Iraqi leader.

``The Republican Guard are receiving instructions, but in many cases not following them and not capable any more so they’re not an effective fighting force,″ McChrystal said. ``But he (Saddam) still controls elements of the Special Republican guard and death squads.″

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