Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has appeared on national Iraqi television, predicting victory over US-led forces.
Saddam appeared on Iraqi television at least twice today (Monday), first delivering a belligerent speech that praised Iraqi soldiers. He was later shown meeting with his son Qusay and a top Iraqi official from the city of Basra.
The White House and British officials expressed doubt after the first footage was shown, saying they were unsure about when the address was delivered. They said the Iraqi leader could have pre-recorded his speech before the war started.
During the first address, Saddam Hussein makes references to recent battlefields in southern Iraq, but U-S officials note he also praises an army division that has largely surrendered.
The recording also has several abrupt cuts, leading to more doubts.
U-S analysts are also studying the speech to determine whether it was Saddam's voice. The Iraqi leader was the target of a U-S missile strike at the start of the war last week but he has since appeared several times on Iraqi television.