B A G H D A D, Iraq, July 23— Amid plans to release photographs of the bodies of Saddam Hussein's two sons, a new audiotape, purportedly by the former Iraqi dictator, was aired on an Arab satellite channel today. The tape was apparently recorded two days before Odai and Qusai Hussein were killed.
Calling on Iraqis to resist the U.S. occupation, the voice on the tape said the war was not over, although it conceded that the United States had achieved military superiority. But, the tape warned, America would not achieve "supremacy in the battle of wills against the Iraqi people."
The purported Saddam audiotape was aired by the Dubai-based al Arabiya satellite station and was dated July 20, two days before U.S. troops killed Odai and Qusai during a fierce gunfight at a villa in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The tape's release came as U.S. military officials prepare to release photographs of the bodies, in the hope of erasing doubts and drawing Iraqis further out of the shadow of their former dictator.
The U.S. military, faced with growing guerrilla attacks and a steadily mounting death rate, hope that the killing of Saddam's influential and widely feared sons would bring an end to the violence in Iraq.
But a U.S. soldier was killed and seven others injured when a U.S. military convoy came under attack near Mosul early today.
In another convoy attack in Ramadi, west of Baghdad, a U.S. soldier was killed and two others were wounded.