The US military has denied that former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein is on hunger strike along with 11 top members of his regime, protesting over ill-treatment in their American detention centre. The allegation came from the lawyer of former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz.But the US army’s Lieutenant-Colonel Barry Johnson said Saddam had eaten on Sunday. In July Saddam appeared before an Iraqi judge to hear the preliminary charges against him, including the killings of political opponents and the gassing of Kurds in the late 1980s. Monday marks the first anniversary of Saddam’s capture by US troops. Saddam was recently visited by the International Committee of the Red Cross who reported he was in good health.