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Purported Saddam tape urges resistance


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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CNN) -- Arabic-language TV network Al Arabiya aired an audiotape Wednesday, purportedly from ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein urging Iraqis to resist U.S. forces.

Al Arabiya said the tape was recorded on July 20 -- two days before U.S. forces killed Saddam's sons, Uday and Qusay Hussein, in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, according to U.S. officials.

The station said it received the tape Wednesday.

CNN cannot confirm when the tape was recorded or if it is the voice of Saddam Hussein.

On the tape, the speaker urges Iraqis to "raise troops in resistance" and fight against the "invading forces."

He also said the war has not ended against the United States.

Iraq's former ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Al-Douri, told Al Arabiya he was sure it was Saddam's voice.

Last week, Al Arabiya aired another Saddam tape that U.S. experts believe was the voice of the former Iraqi leader, and had been taped recently. (Full story)


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