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  Saddam refuses to talk to captors
Updated 15 December 2003, 09.14
Saddam Hussein after he was captured (left), and then shaved of his beard
Saddam Hussein after he was captured (left), and then shaved of his beard

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is refusing to talk to his interrogators after being captured by US troops at the weekend.

US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Saddam was not being cooperative.

Mr Rumsfeld also confirmed that Saddam was being held "as if he were a prisoner of war" under rules which entitle him to humane treatment.

Despite Saddam's capture, the unrest in Iraq continues, with a car bomb killing nine people in Baghdad on Monday.

Tikrit, Iraq

Saddam was captured on Saturday night, hiding in a tiny cellar in a small village not far from his home town of Tikrit in northern Iraq.

Amazing video footage showed a tired-looking Saddam being checked out by US doctors in Iraq.

He has now been taken to a secret location for questioning.

It's not yet known what will happen to Saddam, although he is likely to face a trial.

There have been calls for him to be tried in Iraq and the US.

Some people want him to receive the death sentence.

US President George W Bush said Saddam's capture was "crucial to the rise of a free Iraq", adding: "A dark and painful era is over."

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