Pentagon says Saddam Hussein was captured in this ‘spider hole’

The published claim that Saddam Hussein’s capture in a “spider hole” was staged by the U.S. military continues to fall apart, as the Marine Corps has no record of the purported former Marine making the allegation.

As WorldNetDaily reported, a Saudi newspaper printed a story with someone claiming to be a former Marine who participated in the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Named as Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, the man said to be in Lebanon claimed Saddam was caught in a house, not an underground bunker, a day before the military has maintained publicly.

“Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam’s capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well,” Abou Rabeh told al-Medina, according to a version picked up by United Press International.

“I spoke with our people at Manpower this morning in regards [to Nadim Abou Rabeh],” Marine Capt. Gabrielle Chapin at the Pentagon told WorldNetDaily. “We do not have anyone in the system by the name reported.”

Earlier, the Pentagon flatly denied the report of the staged capture.

“It’s not true, period,” Pentagon spokeswoman Cheryl Irwin told WorldNetDaily.

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