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  US defends pictures of Saddam's dead sons
Updated 25 July 2003, 11.29
Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay are dead
The US says showing pictures of the dead bodies of Saddam Hussein's sons Uday and Qusay was the right thing to do.

The US says its troops killed the pair during a gun battle on Tuesday, but many people in Iraq refused to believe they were dead.

They wanted proof that Uday and Qusay had been killed, so after a lot of thinking about it, the decision was made to release the photos.

That's controversial because when the fighting was happening in Iraq, and pictures of dead American soldiers were shown on TV, the US were really annoyed about it.

Saddam Hussein is still missing
Saddam Hussein is still missing
The US politician in charge of defence, Donald Rumsfeld, said choosing to let people see the photos was a very difficult one to make.

But he hopes that once the Iraqi people have seen them, it may make them less likely to continue attacking US troops.

If they believe Uday and Qusay are dead, and the old ruling regime definitely won't be returning, then it might take away one of their reasons for fighting.

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