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U.S.: Authenticity of Saddam Video is Unimportant

U.S.: Authenticity of Saddam Video is Unimportant

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(Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- Saddam Hussein has made two apparent appearances today on Iraqi television, as U-S-led forces get closer to Baghdad.

But U-S officials say even if the footage is authentic, it doesn't really matter.

White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer says the regime's days are coming to an end, "whether it is him, or isn't him."

At the Pentagon, spokeswoman Victoria Clarke says what really matters is that whatever's left of his regime realized today that they're losing control of the country.

Earlier, Iraqi T-V broadcast footage of a man who appears to be Saddam in a crowd of supporters.

Some chanted, "Bush, Bush, listen carefully. All of us love Saddam Hussein." He shook hands with people, and even kissed a baby.

Saddam also addressed the Iraqi people in another broadcast aired today.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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