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Saddam’s DNA Test Received Top Priority
By Nancy Touchette

One day after Saddam Hussein’s capture on December 13, Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, head of the Iraqi Governing Council, announced at a press conference that DNA tests had confirmed Hussein’s identity. The announcement came less than 24 hours after his capture, indicating that the DNA test, which usually takes days to perform, had been conducted with unusual speed.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division, which captured Hussein, told GNN that a sample from Hussein’s cheek had been obtained during his medical examination and was sent away for testing. The DNA was compared to samples already in U.S. possession.

The Pentagon declined to discuss who conducted the test or where it was conducted, but said that this type of test is usually carried out by the U.S. Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, D.C.

Marcia Eisenberg, a forensic testing specialist at LabCorp, a medical testing laboratory, says that it is possible to do identity testing in about half a day.

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