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Tales of Superman Saddam
Bulletproof gem, magician mother among the myths
'He has fortune tellers tap into the spirit world'

BASRA—He has a special gem implanted in his arm that makes him bulletproof. He has connections in the spirit world. His mother is a magician.

As U.S. troops occupy vast stretches of downtown Baghdad, Iraqis weaned for three decades on stories of Saddam Hussein's invincibility admit they're still having trouble believing that Saddam won't somehow come out unscathed.

"I wouldn't believe he was dead even if I saw his body on television," says Aboud Muttar, 60, a shepherd. "I won't believe it unless I see it with my own eyes."

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