Former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz has claimed that he saw Saddam Hussein alive after the two airstrikes mounted by US-led coalition forces to kill him, USA Today reported Monday.
A senior US defense official was quoted as saying that Aziz, who is now under the custody of US forces, made the claim when being questioned by US interrogators.
The official said the interrogators have concluded that Aziz is lying about some other matters that have come up in interrogation, indicating that the United States is not sure whether Aziz is telling the truth about Saddam's fate.
Acting on tipped intelligence, the US-led forces made two attempts on Saddam's life on March 19 and April 17 separately. The administration has since said it does not know whether Saddam is dead or live.