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Troops from the 4th Infantry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team
captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein without incident
Dec. 13. Saddam was found hiding in a storehouse at a remote
farmhouse near Tikrit, Iraq.
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American forces captured a
bearded Saddam Hussein as he hid in a dirt hole under a farmhouse
near his hometown of Tikrit, ending one of the most intensive
manhunts in history. The arrest, eight months after the fall
of Baghdad, was carried out without a shot fired and was a huge
victory for U.S. forces.
"We got him." U.S.
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer II announced officially in Baghdad,
Iraq, at about 7 a.m. Eastern Standard time this morning. "Saddam
Hussein was captured Saturday, Dec. 13th, at about 8:30 p.m.
local time, in a cellar in the town of Adwar, which is about
15 kilometers south of Tikrit." Saddam was in a specially
prepared "spider hole" in a house which was six to
eight feet deep, with enough space to lie down, camouflaged with
bricks and dirt and supplied with an air vent to allow long periods
inside, said Lt Col. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. military commander
A U.S. defense official said
Saddam admitted his identity when captured.
Sanchez, who saw Saddam overnight,
said the deposed leader "has been cooperative and is talkative."
He described Saddam as "a tired man, a man resigned to his
Eager to give Iraqis evidence
that the elusive former dictator had indeed been captured, Sanchez
played a video at the news conference showing the 66-year-old
Saddam in custody. Saddam, with a thick, graying beard and bushy,
disheveled hair, was seen as doctor examined him, holding his
mouth open with a tongue depressor, apparently to get a DNA sample.
Saddam touched his beard during the exam. Then the video showed
a picture of Saddam after he was shaved, juxtaposed for comparison
with an old photo of the Iraqi leader while in power.
"This success brings closure
to the Iraqi people," Sanchez said. -
Sunday - December 14, 2003 - 5:20 am