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May 21, 2004
Did Saddam's Nephew Help Kill Nick Berg?

While Michael Berg continues to blame everyone except the people who sawed his son's head off while he was still alive for Nick Berg's death, US and Iraqi forces continue their investigation into his brutal murder. The London Guardian reports that Iraqi forces have arrested an uncertain number of people in the case, including a nephew of Saddam Hussein:

The mystery of who killed Nick Berg, the freelance contractor beheaded on video, took a new twist last night when Iraqi police claimed they had arrested four suspects with links to Saddam Hussein's family. Iraqi security officials said Berg's alleged killers were part of a group led by a close relative of Saddam - his nephew Yasser al-Sabawi.

The men were seized a week ago after a tip-off, they said. All were former members of the Fedayeen Saddam, the para military group notorious for its loyalty to Iraq's ex-president.

American commander General Mark Kimmitt said that American forces had arrested four men in connection with the killing, releasing two of them later on. The Guardian also reports that the informant that tipped Iraqi police was later murdered, as the Iraqis fumbled security on the case. al-Sabawi was not among those arrested by either group, but intelligence points in his direction.

I doubt we'll find out much in the next few days, at least nothing solid, while both Americans and Iraqis work on their investigations. However, the fact that enough information has flowed to authorities so quickly indicates to me that the Iraqi people have had enough of the Fedayeen and other "insurgents" prolonging the pain of occupation and delaying reconstruction.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at May 21, 2004 10:41 PM

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