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Iraqi joy overflows onto streets, fills air with crackle of bullets
Agence France-Presse. | 12/14/03

Posted on 12/14/2003 8:27:39 AM PST by kattracks

Iraqis celebrated the capture of fallen dictator Saddam Hussein in traditional style, blasting away with their favourite weapons pointed to the skies and folk dancing in the streets.

As news spread across the country that ex-president Saddam Hussein had been captured alive near his hometown Tikrit, prolonged bursts of gun fire, automatic weapons, pistols and heavier calibres filled the air in Baghdad.

"It's a great joy for the Iraqi people because a great dictator has been arrested," interim Governing Council member Mahmud Othman told AFP.

In central Fardous Square, people threw old bank notes bearing Saddam's face into the air.

"It's not possible, it must be a double," said taxi-driver Taher, refusing to believe the eight-month hunt by crack US and Kurdish militia forces had come up trumps.

"Now it is time to look to your future. To your future of hope," US civil administrator Paul Bremer told Iraqis.

"Your future has never been more full of hope. The tyrant is a prisoner," he said.

But at the same press conference several Iraqis shouted "Death to Saddam, Death to Saddam" when photographs were shown of the forlorn leader.

After cheering the news wildly, the men stood up and thrust their arms at the video images of the long-haired and bearded leader and later at a shaved picture of him.

"Long live Iraq," they shouted repeatedly.

In the Shiite holy city of Najaf, which suffered harsh oppression under Saddam's Sunni-led government, people took to the streets to dance, an AFP correspondent said.

A local television channel urged people to party. Music was being played across the central Iraqi city.

Huge crowds gathered around cafes with television sets tuned to Arabic satellite channels following every detail of the arrest.

Street dancing was also underway in the streets of Kirkuk, led by northern oil centre's governor Abdul Rahamnd Mustafa Zangana and his deputy Ismail Ahmad al-Hadidi, who is also police chief.

US soldiers joined the fun while locals started to slaughter sheep to fuel the celebrations.

Old Iraqi flags with Arabic writing added by Saddam were being burnt, witnesses said.

In Suleimaniya, the northern Kurdish stronghold of Patriotic Union of Kurdistan leader Jalal Talabani whose fighters helped capture Saddam, the population rushed out to prepare for the great day, an AFP correspondent said.

By late afternoon traditional Kurdish dancing filled the city centre, 330 kilometres (200 miles) north of the capital.

In Baqubah, the muezzin who normally calls Muslims to prayer, issued a call to celebrate, or a Takdirat al-Eid.

Gunfire echoed over the town 60 kilometres (nearly 40 miles) northeast of the capital where anti-coalition violence has frequently erupted.

In Fallujah, a rebellious town where support for Saddam runs deep, residents said they could not believe the reports.

Hawija, near Kirkuk, and another centre of pro-Saddam loyalists, was reported quiet.

And Tikrit, Saddam's hometown near were he was captured late Saturday as he slept in a hole, was also quiet.

"If they had announced that he had been caught dead, I might have believed it," said an incredulous Jahida Mohammad, 45, mother of eight children.

Tikrit governor Hussein Jassem Gebara said it was unfortunate that foreign forces had caught Saddam. "I would have liked Iraqi police to get him," said the governor.



TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: greatnews; gulfwar2; gulfwarii; iraq; iraqaftermath; mriraq; saddam; saddamcaptured; saddamhussein; tikrit; topplesaddam; viceisclosed

1 posted on 12/14/2003 8:27:40 AM PST by kattracks
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To: kattracks
US soldiers joined the fun while locals started to slaughter sheep to fuel the celebrations.

Mmmmm. Muttonburgers.

2 posted on 12/14/2003 8:31:36 AM PST by Petronski (Can you hear the carpenters, Saddam? They're building a gallows.)
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To: kattracks
But, but, but.....I thought the Iraqis missed Saddam, and the order he brought to their society.
3 posted on 12/14/2003 8:31:40 AM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
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To: kattracks
Can someone pleeeeeez send these folks those New Year's Eve thingies that you blow on and that unroll and make a noise. This "shoot of your AK47" makes me nervous.
4 posted on 12/14/2003 8:32:26 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Sacajaweau
C'mon! Nothing says "Yee-Haw!" better than firing guns into the sky!
5 posted on 12/14/2003 8:37:06 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Petronski
Uh, oh....don't let PETA hear about that.
6 posted on 12/14/2003 8:37:12 AM PST by CarolTX (Dancin' in the streets!)
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To: kattracks
US soldiers joined the fun while locals started to slaughter sheep to fuel the celebrations.

Oh oh. Now the DUmmies will support the terrorists even more. Human killing is politically correct, but when they start eating meat - that's the last straw! This is war!

7 posted on 12/14/2003 8:38:15 AM PST by concerned about politics ( "Satire". It's Just "Satire.".......So it is.)
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To: kattracks

God bless you, soldier!


8 posted on 12/14/2003 8:44:46 AM PST by rintense
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To: rintense

They're Gonna Put Me in the Movies

They're gonna put me in the movies
They're gonna make a big star out of me
They'll make a film about a man that's sad and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally...


9 posted on 12/14/2003 8:47:55 AM PST by ppaul
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To: CarolTX
CarolTX: "Uh, oh....don't let PETA hear about that."


PETAnimals leadership and top donors should march on Kirkuk immediately and protest as human shields!
10 posted on 12/14/2003 8:56:05 AM PST by 1ofmanyfree (((Defend our borders!Enforce Our Current Imigration Laws!Repeal Amnesty!)))
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To: George W. Bush
Congratulations President Bush. We can only pray that now the Ba'athist insurgency will fade away, that rebuilding can continue at a faster pace, and that Iraq can move more quickly toward a democratically-elected government.
11 posted on 12/14/2003 9:27:17 AM PST by Bryan
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To: rintense
Speaking of freedom--are those Iraqis required to pass a background check and to register their guns?
12 posted on 12/14/2003 9:57:41 AM PST by Age of Reason
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To: ppaul

Why does everyone keep posting Fidel's picture?

13 posted on 12/14/2003 9:58:52 AM PST by Defiant (I'm your candidate and I approve of the preceding message, no matter how insipid.)
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To: concerned about politics
DU, foundering since the campaign to Free MumiaTM ended some time ago...

Rejoice today in their new protest slogan of the new century:

Free Saddam!

14 posted on 12/14/2003 1:27:03 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: kattracks
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15 posted on 12/14/2003 1:29:24 PM PST by baseballmom
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To: kattracks
Thanks for posting these wonderful photos. The only one I feel uneasy about is seeing the Commie flag. It just conjurs up unpleasant memories.
16 posted on 12/14/2003 1:30:04 PM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: kattracks
Okay, the one with the little kid and the gun kinda worries me but as long as he has been taught gun safety I don't have a problem.
17 posted on 12/14/2003 1:31:08 PM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: kattracks


Bullet Crackle.
Better than Peanut Brittle.
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM....

18 posted on 12/14/2003 1:32:11 PM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: headsonpikes
C'mon! Nothing says "Yee-Haw!" better than firing guns into the sky!

Nothing says "Yee-Ouch!" better than the bullets coming down a few seconds later.

19 posted on 12/14/2003 1:32:25 PM PST by JoeSchem
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To: Petronski
The fact you and I decided to post Homer pictures on the same thread is proof that our love is destiny.


20 posted on 12/14/2003 1:34:15 PM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: JoeSchem
Nothing says "Yee-Ouch!" better than the bullets coming down a few seconds later.

That's why G-d invented roofs!

21 posted on 12/14/2003 1:35:07 PM PST by Lazamataz (A poem, by Lazamataz: "What do we do with Saddam, Now that we gottim?")
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To: kattracks
Iraqis celebrated the capture of fallen dictator Saddam Hussein in traditional style, blasting away with their favourite weapons pointed to the skies and folk dancing in the streets.

Oh the irony of it all, even with blanks loaded, one couldn't celebrate such an event in the USA without being locked up for discharging a firearm within city limits.

22 posted on 12/14/2003 1:40:10 PM PST by EGPWS
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To: LoudRepublicangirl
Ah, don't worry about the communists. They are a very small faction and most of the Iraqi people ignore them. They already went through one kind of tyranny and they're not eager to go through another one.

Interesting, don't you think, that the media seems to seek them out?

23 posted on 12/14/2003 1:55:39 PM PST by McGavin999
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To: baseballmom
Remember when?


24 posted on 12/14/2003 2:52:04 PM PST by ppaul
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To: McGavin999
I wondered why the media kept showing that video with the red commie flag over and over again. But after watching Sadam get lice picked out of his head over and over again it was a welcome change.
25 posted on 12/14/2003 3:46:23 PM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: JoeSchem
Heh.
26 posted on 12/14/2003 9:09:30 PM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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