The top US commander in Iraq gave Saddam Hussein a clean bill of health on Thursday, two months after the former president was captured by US troops in a hole in the ground on a small farm.

"Health is good, no issues," Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez told reporters. "He's in good health."

Sanchez refused to comment further on where jailed Saddam  is being held or whether he has been revealing any vital information to US occupying forces on the resistance or weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

The general added it was not clear when Saddam, who became president in 1979, would be handed over to the Iraqi authorities to stand trial for crimes against the Iraqi people.

Red Cross visit

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) visited Saddam for the first time on Saturday and checked his mental and physical health, but did not reveal his condition.

The ICRC also took a letter from Saddam to be delivered to his family.

US occupying forces captured the former Iraqi leader on December 13 hiding in a hole on a farm in a village close to his hometown of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.