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Hussein Tells Interrogators He Didn't Direct Insurgency

Saddam Hussein has denied playing any direct role in commanding Iraqi insurgents or in planning attacks after he went into hiding, and he said his government possessed no prohibited weapons, United States government officials said Monday. Interrogators began questioning Mr. Hussein just hours after American forces captured him, officials said. An early focus of the interrogation, they said, has been anything he knows about the guerrilla war, in hopes of quickly gleaning information that might help prevent attacks and disrupt or dismember cells responsible for the attacks. Mr. Hussein has also been quizzed about programs to develop unconventional weapons, according to Bush administration, Pentagon and intelligence officials, but he has so far denied the existence of such weapons. Officials said his denials were in line with statements of other top Iraqi officials who have been captured in recent months, and who still maintain that Baghdad did not have unconventional weapons. Full Story

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