Saddam Trial Resumes, Blair Visits Iraq

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The trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein resumed Thursday. Saddam accused the Bush administration of lying when it denied torturing him. Also, the British and Polish prime ministers made surprise visits to their troops in Iraq.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

The trial of Saddam Hussein and his seven co-defendants has resumed in a Baghdad courtroom. There today the former Iraqi dictator accused the Bush administration of lying when it denied he'd been tortured by his US captors. Saddam said he has bruises on his body form beatings at the hands of the Americans. Saddam also mocked President Bush's claim that Iraq had chemical weapons.

Elsewhere in Iraq today, the British and Polish prime ministers made surprise surprise visits to their troops. Britain's Tony Blair flew into the southern city of Basra to meet with British and American military commanders. He's assessing British troop levels and the security situation in Iraq following last week's parliamentary elections. Britain maintains 8,000 troops in Iraq. The largest number after the US.

And Poland's prime minister visited his country soldiers in central Iraq. That trip comes as Poland is considering whether to withdraw its 1,400 troops as soon as next month.

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