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Tuesday March 25, 2003
Washington- U.S. intelligence indicates at least one of Saddam Hussein's top deputies is alive and is commanding some of Iraq's military efforts.

But senior Bush administration officials said yesterday that there was no intelligence that would conclusively determine whether Saddam or his sons, Qusai and Odai, were alive, dead or wounded.

State-run Iraqi television reported that Saddam held two meetings yesterday with senior government members and Qusai Hussein, who has been regarded as his father's likely successor.

Video footage from the meetings was not shown during the initial broadcast.

An evening report aired a brief clip showing Saddam chairing a meeting in a military uniform, but American officials said there was no way to tell whether the footage was current or taped before the war.

"If they wanted to confirm that he was alive, there are certainly ways they could do it, and that doesn't achieve it," said one U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Source.

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