A series of stories have been published today, so far in Europe, Australia and Asia, casting the capture of Saddam Hussein in an entirely new light.
If the stories are confirmed true it would appear that the spider-hole story is another piece of pure United States Military psy-ops propaganda, just like the fall of the Saddam statue in Baghdad.
The latest revelations are supported by reports from the initial period of the announcement of Saddam's capture in which it several correspondents said Kurdish celebrations of the capture began well before the announcement from the Americans.
Saddam was held by Kurdish forces,
drugged and left for US troops
AFP - Sat Dec 20,11:00 PM ET
LONDON, (AFP) - Saddam Hussein was captured by US troops only after he had been taken prisoner by Kurdish forces, drugged and abandoned ready for American soldiers to recover him, a British Sunday newspaper said.
Saddam came into the hands of the Kurdish Patriotic Front after being betrayed to the group by a member of the al-Jabour tribe, whose daughter had been raped by Saddam's son Uday, leading to a blood feud, reported the Sunday Express, which quoted an unnamed senior British military intelligence officer.
The newspaper said the full story of events leading up to the ousted Iraqi president's capture on December 13 near his hometown of Tikrit in northern Iraq, "exposes the version peddled by American spin doctors as incomplete".
A former Iraqi intelligence officer, whom the Express did not name, told the paper that Saddam was held prisoner by a leader of the Kurdish Patriotic Front, which fought alongside US forces during the Iraq war, until he negotiated a deal.
INDIA – STATESMAN
Kurdish forces nabbed & drugged Saddam
QATAR – AL JAZEERA
Saddam: Betrayed, drugged and traded
THE AGE – AUSTRALIA
US Saddam claims being challenged