BAGHDAD, July 27 (UPI) -- Gen. Richard Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, told reporters in Baghdad that Saddam Hussein is too concerned with personal survival to direct attacks.
Myers, just arrived in Iraq, said Saddam contacts his Baathist party allies only infrequently by courier, CNN reported.
A military source in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit told CNN that the former Iraqi leader changes his location every few hours.
He said U.S. forces conducted raids in the area searching for Saddam's security chief.
One recent raid in Baghdad's Mansour district, an Iraqi police officer said, trapped civilians in the area who attempted to drive away. Three of them were killed by U.S. commandos dressed in black who had cordoned off several houses.
A coalition military spokesman refused to confirm or deny the report of civilian casualties.
Myers will be visiting troops in the area for a week.