US forces backed by helicopters entered the al-Arabi neighbourhood in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul Sunday, residents told AFP, adding that deposed president Saddam Hussein could be hiding out in the area.
US forces, acting on information that Saddam may be hiding in the district, are deployed en force there and helicopters are hovering overhead, the witnesses told AFP's correspondent in this Kurdish city southeast of Mosul.
"There is a heavy presence of US troops, acting on information that Saddam may be hiding in the al-Arabi neighbourhood," one resident said.
"The word in town is that Saddam is there," said another.
Tuesday, September 02, 2003