Saddam Hussein Capture
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December 13, 2003
Adwar, Iraq about 15 kilometers (nine miles) from Tikrit, Saddam's ancestral home.
|Behind the Camera:
Saddam Hussein getting a medical checkup from an unknown US military doctor. He would later be treated by Dr. Sudip Bose
|First Posted:April 19, 2007|
Last Updated on November 20, 2011
by Dean Lucas
Operation Red Dawn
Saddam had been on the run since April evading American forces by disguise and his network of loyal Iraqi civilians. Slowly though Americans where able to breakdown his security network by arresting security officials and former body guards. Finally a breakthrough when on December 12 Mohamed Ibrahim Omar al-Musslit was unexpectedly captured in Baghdad. Mohamed had been a key figure in the President's special security organization. His arrest lead to other arrests and interrogation of one of these detainees lead to information on Saddam's whereabouts.
The informer told American forces that Saddam was located in the village of Ad-Dawr on the outskirts of Tikrit in one of two groups of buildings on a farm codenamed Wolverine 1 and Wolverine 2.
Within hours Colonel James Hickey (1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division) together with US Special Operations Forces launched Operation Red Dawn and under cover of darkness made for the target areas. At first the units didn't find anything, but under closer inspection Special Forces found what they called a "spider hole" with Saddam inside. As soldiers removed the cover for of the spider hole they saw Saddam Hussein who seeing he had no option but surrender said, "I am the President of Iraq..." — to which an American soldier replied: "The President of The United States sends his regards." In his almost tomb like hole Saddam had two AK-47s, a pistol, $750,000 in $100 bills.
|Death to Saddam! Down with Saddam!|
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On December 13, 2003, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) of Iran first reported that Saddam Hussein had been arrested, citing Kurdish leader Jalal Talabani. These reports were soon confirmed by other members of the Iraq Interim Governing Council, by U.S. military sources, and by British Prime Minister Tony Blair. In a press conference in Baghdad, shortly afterwards, the U.S. civil administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer, formally announced the capture of Saddam Hussein by saying, "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him." Bremer reported that Saddam had been captured at approximately 8:30 p.m. Iraqi time on December 13.
At the news conference Bremer presented video footage of Saddam in custody. Saddam Hussein was shown with a full beard and hair longer and curlier than his familiar appearance, which a barber later restored. His identity was later reportedly confirmed by DNA testing. He was described as being in good health and as "talkative and co-operative". At the news conference Iraqi journalists rose to their feet and started shouting, "Death to Saddam!" and "Down with Saddam!"
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