Centcom Releases Saddam Photo Renditions

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Central Command (search) released on Friday altered images of Saddam Hussein to assist coalition forces that are hunting the ousted Iraqi dictator, who may have changed his appearance to elude capture.

The digitally enhanced images could be viewed on Central Command's Web site.

Two photos show the usually shaven-cheeked Saddam with a heavy black beard. In one his face is framed by a white keffiyah headscarf of a tribal Arab, garb worn by millions of Iraqi men.

Three other photos show Saddam -- always assumed to have been either a dyed brunet or wearing a dark-brown toupee -- with hair more fitting to his 66 years, ranging from white to salt-and-pepper gray. In two of those photos, he has a mustache to match.

All five photos depict Saddam with his trademark smile, the grin on tens of thousands of photos of the dictator that, until April, had hung on walls, poles and monuments across Iraq.

Meanwhile, yet another purported Saddam audiotape was broadcast Friday with the speaker urging Iraqis to fight back against American and British forces and to feel free in looting state property to do so.

The speaker on the tape, which was played by the Arab satellite news channel Al Jazeera (search), said the recording had been made Sunday.

As with earlier tapes, listeners familiar with the former dictator's pronouncements said it sounded like his voice, cadence, and manner of speech.

"The feeling of defeat and bitterness might lead some people to commit treason ... instead of being a gun pointed at the enemy," said the voice, which went on for some time in a rambling discourse.

"I ask people to keep the properties of the country and the party until the situation changes or to donate their value to the glorious resistance," the voice added.

Looters of government property should not worry about retribution, the voice said, and instead should join the guerrilla war and become "a loaded rifle in the face of the invading foreigner."

The speaker said he had faith that "God will support us, and that one day the occupation army will falter and that victory is possible at any moment."

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The audiotape, the fourth to be broadcast in just over two weeks, appeared to be an attempt to rally more Iraqis to the guerrilla war being fought against American troops by assuring people they had nothing to fear upon Saddam's promised return to power.

"We have decided to consider all the properties of the party and the government a gift to whoever has it, to use as they see fit, to keep or to sell without any restrictions, free from any legal constraints, now or in the future," the voice said.

"We feel bitterness about what has happened, but we are insistent on taking the responsibility to save our people and brothers, even those who have betrayed the nation and cooperated with the criminal invaders," the speaker said.

"We feel that not handling this case with caution would make those concerned feel guilty and fear the future and commit the crime of treason.

"God forbid they should do that, that they should aid the foreigner as a result of this destructive feeling, instead of being a loaded rifle in the face of the invading foreigner and being a part of the pious struggle and not fearing the future," the speaker said.

On Thursday, four days after the tape allegedly was recorded, Saddam's daughters Raghad (search) and Rana (search), whose husbands were killed by the regime in 1996, were granted refuge in Jordan with their nine children.

Jordanian Information Minister Nabil al-Sharif told The Associated Press that King Abdullah II (search) decided to offer them refuge because "they are Arab women who have run out of all options."

The whereabouts of Saddam's wife, Sajida Khairallah Telfah (search), and his youngest daughter, Hala, were unknown.

The previous message purportedly from Saddam was broadcast Tuesday by al-Arabiya, another Arab satellite broadcaster. That tape acknowledged the deaths of Saddam's sons Uday (search) and Qusay (search), who were gunned down in a firefight with American forces in Mosul.

The CIA said that tape, like earlier ones, likely was authentic, but was impossible to certify because of the recording's poor quality.  Most of the 'Saddam' audios seem to have been pre-recorded, then played back through a telephone line to journalists on the other end.

In the Tuesday tape, Saddam said he was glad of his sons' deaths because they had become martyrs.

But in the Friday tape the voice had clearly moved beyond mourning for the once-feared and brutal sons and issued a call to battle.

"Our faith is great that God will support us, and that one day the occupation army will falter and that victory is possible at any moment. We must not let things slip away and our situation become desperate," the voice said.

"The balance has shifted, after the military confrontations [with insurgents] and this has not changed. They [Americans] will not be able to stop this."

The coalition also has nabbed someone referred to as "the bomb maker" in Iraq who is believed to be helping insurgents make bombs to be used against U.S. forces. He was No. 4 on the local list of Iraqis wanted by the U.S. military.

Military officers insisted it was "just a matter of time" before they nabbed Saddam himself.

"He's going to start making mistakes, and we're going to catch him," said 4th Infantry Division (search ) spokeswoman Maj. Josslyn Aberle in Tikrit, Saddam's hometown.

"We estimate he's not staying more than four hours at the same place," she said. "But the man's been a master of hiding all his life."

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld (search ) said American forces had been receiving many tips, but acknowledged that pursuers wouldn't "know if you're closer until you catch him."

"I don't know how close we are to getting Saddam Hussein — closer than we were yesterday, I guess," President Bush said in his Rose Garden press conference Wednesday. "All I can say is we're on the hunt."

Fox News' Greg Palkot and Teri Schultz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.