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  Saddam Hussein's sons have been killed
Updated 22 July 2003, 21.57

Saddam Hussein's two sons, Uday and Qusay have been killed, according to the US military.

They were killed by US troops in a "fierce gun battle" along with two other people in the northern city of Mosul.

US General Ricardo Sanchez said he was "certain" both men were killed, after using more than one way of working out who they were.

The soldiers found out that Uday and Qusay were in a villa in Mosul on Monday, when an Iraqi told them.


On Tuesday a gun battle lasting six hours took place, after which four Iraqi people - including the brothers - were killed.

After the war the US made a list of the most important Iraqi's they wanted - Uday and Qusay were second and third on that list after their father.

Lots of recent fighting

The deaths of Uday and Qusay are very important.

Both US and UK troops have been attacked in recent weeks by Iraqi people who still support the old regime.

If those Iraqis see that such important people have been killed, they may be less likely to attack coalition soldiers in the future.

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