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Hundreds of pro-Saddam rallies erupted today throughout occupied Iraq amidst widespread claims by Iraqis that US forces actually captured one of Saddam's many known doubles. US forces have killed 16 Iraqis during separate incidents as demonstrations in support of Saddam Hussein erupted across the occupied country. US occupation forces shot dead 11 Iraqis in the western Iraqi city of Samarra and returned fire in response to further attacks in the city, about 45 miles north of Baghdad. Military sources added that another five Iraqis were shot dead in Falluja and Ramadi today. Witnesses said hundreds of residents protesting the Saddam capture hoax overran the office of the US-appointed mayor in Falluja.
Also, a US patrol north of Falluja was attacked by roadside bombs and rocket-propelled grenades. Soldiers returned fire, killing two Iraqis, said the military, however, independent Arabic media reports said those killed were demonstrators.
In addition, about 500 protesters gathered in Ramadi and Iraqi fighters apparently fired at US forces in the city, wounding one soldier. Occupation forces then killed two of the attackers and wounded two others. In a separate incident, 30 Iraqi fighters opened fired at a patrol. US soldiers fired back, killing one of them.
In Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, about 700 people demonstrated against the hoax today, chanting "Saddam is in our hearts, Saddam is in our blood." Also, one protester was said to have been killed in Tikrit in clashes that broke out between baton-wielding occupation forces and students, reported independent Arab media sources.
In addition, in the northern city of Mosul, one policeman was killed and another seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting after a demonstration by 1000 students protesting against the "Saddam capture" hoax. An Iraqi policeman said four members of the Site Protection Force (SPF) were wounded by stones hurled by protesters. The violence erupted after police fired warning shots to disperse the demonstration.
And in the northern city of Kirkuk, US occupation soldiers shot and killed one Iraqi overnight as he was walking in the street. A second was seriously wounded when a US convoy opened fire near a petrol station, said the Iraqi (USA) police.
In related news, one US soldier died when a convoy was struck by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad, said US military sources. Three more US soldiers were injured, two seriously, in an explosion in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, about 160km north of Baghdad, they said.
Meanwhile, extreme doubts have arisen throughout Islam that the released pictures by US occupation forces of the "captured Saddam" are of the Iraqi leader. Thousands of Iraqis, who knew Saddam, are claiming that it is one of Saddam's many known "doubles". Saddam Hussein's oldest daughter told Al-Arabiya television network her family doubts the pictures are that of her father. In a phone interview, Raghad Hussein, 35, told the Arabic-language channel, "This is not our father"! She added, "This is not how he would act." Raghad Hussein has been granted political asylum by Jordan.
Other Arabs and Muslims throughout the world expressed similar claims. Muslims as far away as Sri Lanka expressed their doubts that the real Saddam Hussein has been captured. Abu Haniffa, the president of the Sri Lanka Traders' Association said, "Some of our people think the pictures could be part of a US ploy or Saddam's own strategy to create a double and flee attempts to capture him."
It has been known for years, by both the Iraqi people and intelligence agencies, that Saddam Hussein utilized at least 5 doubles to hide his whereabouts during his rule of Iraq. George Bush and US occupation forces, themselves, were "fooled" when they thought that they had "bombed" and killed Saddam Hussein in March of this year. After a massive missile attack and bombing of a building where Saddam Hussein was, according to US intelligence sources located, George Bush claimed the Iraqi leader was blown up. A few days later the Qatar based Aljazeera news service broadcast a video showing Saddam alive and well. This incident totally fooled and embarrassed the Bush Administration.
Falih Abdul Jabbar, a sociologist and researcher at London University in England, says the Iraqi public had long known Saddam employed look-alikes. He says the public had become adept at detecting which Saddam -- the real one or a stand-in -- came to official ceremonies.
Falih Abdul Jabbar said, "People noticed that when the other guy, or 'the second Saddam,' was there, they could detect this very easily by looking at the bodyguards, who seemed careless, sometimes even laughing. They wouldn't do that in the presence of the real Saddam."
He continued, "Another observation by the public was that Saddam was very well-known among the Iraqis to be a camera-monger. He loved the camera and to be in close-up shots. And they notice that when the other guy, his 'spare part,' was his replacemnet, the cameras would take faraway shots, rather than zoom in. They would then deduce this was not the real Saddam."
In an effort to learn more about Saddam's use of doubles, the German public television station ZDF asked a forensic specialist to make a scientific study of some 30 films of the Iraqi leader. The expert, Dieter Buhmann of the Institute of Forensic Medicine at Saarland University in Homburg/Saar, found that the pictures reveal there are as many as three Saddam doubles who regularly took Saddam's place.
Buhmann says he found the doubles by looking for pairs of pictures in which Saddam's pose was essentially the same. Using a computer graphic program, the scientist marked each picture to highlight such features as the length and width of the head, the size of the eyelids and nostrils, and the forms of the ears and chin. By then overlaying the two pictures, he was able to calculate how closely the features matched, indicating whether the person in the pictures was the same man or not.
La Voz de Aztlan has conducted an independent analysis of the many pictures of the real Saddam, his doubles, and of the one that US occupation forces say is that of the captured Iraqi leader. We invite you to see and conclude for yourselves whether the American public, and that of the world, is being scammed by the "mother of all hoaxes". See for yourselves and believe your own eyes! The analysis is below :
Analysis of Saddam Hussein's Real Pictures, his Doubles
and that of the Supposedly Captured Iraqi Leader
The above is the US occupation forces' just released photograph of who they claim is Saddam Hussein. Notice four "tell tale" details that raise serious questions concerning who this man really is. First, notice the dark birthmark just above and to the left of this man's left eye and especially its position and size. Secondly, notice his right side of his hairline. Thirdly, notice the shape of his chin. Fourthly notice the size and shape of his left eye. Now compare these details to two pictures of the real Saddam below:
Do you believe these are the same men??? Now look at the three photographs of known Saddam Hussein's doubles below. The first Saddam Hussein even "fooled" Kofi Annan of the United Nations but look at this Saddam's refined nose and compare it to "bulbous nose" of the captured Iraqi alleged to be the Saddam Hussein.
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