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Islamic Radicals Admit Shooting of Iraqi Chief’s Son

Associated Press

A pro-Syrian daily said today that Iranian-backed opponents of the Iraqi government shot and wounded a son of President Saddam Hussein.

The Ash Sharq newspaper said the claim was made in a statement by the “military wing of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq.”

There was no independent confirmation of the report.

The statement reportedly said Udai Hussein, 24, was shot three times in the chest as he drove from the northern town of Mosul to the capital of Baghdad last week. It did not elaborate.

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The alleged attackers are affiliated with the Tehran-based Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq, an umbrella group for Shia Muslim factions outlawed by Hussein’s regime.

Shias compose about half of Iraq’s 15 million people. Iraqi authorities deported thousands of Shias of Iranian descent after the Persian Gulf War between the two countries began in 1980.


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