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Timeline of Saddam Hussein's Capture
NPR ^ | Dec. 14, 2003 | NPR

Posted on 12/14/2003 11:18:36 AM PST by FairOpinion

Dec. 14, 2003 -- Following is a chronology of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's capture by U.S. forces, Saturday, Dec. 13, according to U.S. military officials and NPR reports:

10:50 a.m. Saturday: U.S. military officials receive intelligence that Saddam Hussein may be hiding in one of two locations near the town of Adwar, about 10 miles south of his hometown of Tikrit. About 600 soldiers from the First Brigade Combat Team of the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division along with coalition Special Forces units are assigned to kill or capture Saddam.

About 6 p.m. Saturday: Under cover of darkness, the forces quickly begin moving toward the suspected hiding place.

About 8 p.m. Saturday:Coalition forces raid the two sites, but initially fail to find Saddam. Forces cordon the area and begin an intensive search. In the next few minutes, forces find a suspicious location near one of the target sites. Within a walled compound, a "spider hole" is detected, its entrance camouflaged with bricks and dirt.

8:30 p.m. Saturday: Saddam is found hiding at the bottom of the hole, which was about six to eight feet deep and wide enough space for a person to lie down inside. Saddam is captured without resistance.

About 9:15 p.m. Saturday: Saddam is moved to a secure area. During a further search of the hole and surrounding area, two other Iraqis "affiliated" with Saddam are also detained. Forces also find $750,000 in $100 bills. Saddam, under coalition custody, is moved to an undisclosed location.

Saturday Afternoon, Washington D.C., Time: President Bush is notified of the capture, but Saddam's identity had not yet been verified.

Dec. 14, Early Sunday Morning: Ambassador L. Paul Bremer, the U.S. administrator in Iraq, calls President Bush, confirming Saddam's identity.

About 7 a.m. Sunday: At a Baghdad news conference, Bremer announces: "Ladies and gentlemen, we got him."

12:15 p.m. Sunday: In a speech from the White House, President Bush tells Iraqis: "You will never have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again."


TOPICS: Front Page News
KEYWORDS: decapitation; greatnews; greatthreads; iraq; iraqaftermath; reddawn; regimechange; saddam; saddamcaptured; saddamhussein; timeline; topplesaddam

1 posted on 12/14/2003 11:18:37 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: FairOpinion
OK, when will NPR and the rest of the media start picking apart the timeline,
complaining about how Dubya "misled" the American People...
2 posted on 12/14/2003 11:20:25 AM PST by VOA
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Megasuperping!
3 posted on 12/14/2003 11:20:27 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
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To: FairOpinion
"You will never have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again."

Wonder how many more will start co operating now?
4 posted on 12/14/2003 11:20:54 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all!)
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To: VOA
NPR has no standing, period.
5 posted on 12/14/2003 11:21:03 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: FairOpinion
Well done troops.

May God bless our soldiers.
7 posted on 12/14/2003 11:22:09 AM PST by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: Peach
Amen. And God bless all of our men/women who have contributed in this effort.
8 posted on 12/14/2003 11:28:30 AM PST by petitfour
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To: Peach
During a further search of the hole and surrounding area, two other Iraqis "affiliated" with Saddam are also detained. Forces also find $750,000 in $100 bills.

This was probably inconvenient for Saddam, not being able to break those Ben Franklins. Every time he asked one of his aides to say, get him a Starbucks or some hummas, he had to lay a C-note on them. I doubt they would bring back any change.

9 posted on 12/14/2003 11:28:46 AM PST by BigBobber
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To: FairOpinion
Will the democrats harp now, more loudly, about missing Osama?

Will Osama feel more or less safe, now?

Will GWB get re-elected in Nov. 2004?

The answers: Yes, Less, Yes.
10 posted on 12/14/2003 11:33:24 AM PST by truth_seeker
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To: BigBobber
Now that he is captured, who wants to bet that those storing his money are feeling miiiiiigty tempted to grab and run?
11 posted on 12/14/2003 11:58:20 AM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: FairOpinion
Someone posted here CBS blurb about saddam was taken out of Iraq.

If they take him to guantanemo, imagine the potential to boosting interogation results.
12 posted on 12/14/2003 12:03:18 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: VOA
OK, when will NPR and the rest of the media start picking apart the timeline, complaining about how Dubya "misled" the American People...

Then comes the subliminal message "Saddam was like a choirboy compared to Bush, who lied to the American people". What did Bush know and when did he know it? He was only after Saddam because Saddam tried to kill his daddy. Bush killed Saddams kids. Saint Woodward and Saint Bernstein, where are you?

13 posted on 12/14/2003 12:05:01 PM PST by The_Media_never_lie
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To: The_Media_never_lie
In the First Iraqi war they complained the mission was not accomplished because saddam was still in power. Now they complained because the mission was not accomplished because saddam was still at large and would return to power.

Saddam is out of power, Saddam is in a jail cell broken and beaten. The Democrats will complain the mission is still not finished because the french are not involved.
14 posted on 12/14/2003 12:12:30 PM PST by longtermmemmory (Vote!)
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To: VOA
NPR was in mourning this when I first turned them on at about 10 AM.

Their Sunday anchor, Jackie Leyden (sp?) couldn't hide her disappointment and dismay.

By 1 PM they had begun to get their story straight. The reaction of the Iraqi people was "mixed" (why not say "contradictory").

After each commercial break, NPR identifies their coverage as "NPR Special Coverage." They don't say special coverage of what.

They are spending a lot of time on their Baghdad reporter Ann Garyls (sp?), who goes on and on about how angry the Iraqi people are about the "American Occupation."

They are truly in a panic. The smarter ones at NPR realize what a disaster this is for the anti-war, anti-American point of view. The capture of Saddam makes fools out of most of the press, as well as most of the Democrat presidential hopefuls.

(steely)

15 posted on 12/14/2003 12:17:35 PM PST by Steely Tom
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To: FairOpinion

16 posted on 12/14/2003 1:45:17 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: truthandlife
I'm sorry that's not Saddam - they finally caught up with Karl Marx!
17 posted on 12/14/2003 1:47:18 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Christmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: FairOpinion
Saturday: Saddam is found hiding at the bottom of the hole, which was about six to eight feet deep and wide enough space for a person to lie

Sounds like a grave. Wonder if he was trying to get used to his future quarters?

18 posted on 12/14/2003 2:00:18 PM PST by ReagansShinyHair
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To: VOA
The Rats at DirtyUnderwear are already whining that Bush knew as early as Saturday that Saddam had been captured and didn't tell the public. They've got to find their scandals where they can I guess.
19 posted on 12/14/2003 5:03:46 PM PST by weegee
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To: Revolting cat!
Take a look at my animation of Saddam's beard
20 posted on 12/14/2003 5:09:21 PM PST by weegee
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To: FairOpinion
"8:30 p.m. Saturday: Saddam is found hiding at the bottom of the hole..."

That would be Saturday, 9:30 AM PST.

21 posted on 12/14/2003 5:25:50 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: weegee
Kool! Karl Marx, I tell ya! Something else. As I just watched on local news Saddam being examined for (A) lice, or (B) hidden nuclear devices in his hair (which?) I realized he looked much like the so-called "homeless" I had seen downtown just this afternoon, in other words, a member of a protected class!
22 posted on 12/14/2003 6:00:24 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Christmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Revolting cat!
I looked at two music related message websites (one local to Houston and the other national/international) and I saw some threads about Saddam's capture (certainly offtopic there). As usual, the liberals try to control all political speech on those boards (there is some dissent from the DNC talking points but most who dare challenge the group think will find themselves in the middle of a pecking party; political correctness still rules the day).

More surprising was that on each board I saw other posters who noted that Saddam's beard made him resemble Karl Marx.
23 posted on 12/14/2003 6:21:31 PM PST by weegee
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To: weegee
That pic of Saddam Jim's got posted on the front FR page resembles a pic of Marx I have seen once but cannot locate now on the Net.
24 posted on 12/14/2003 6:27:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Merry Shopping Season and a Happy Pre-Christmas Storewide Sales Event!)
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To: Revolting cat!
It's ironic that when Saddam went into hiding and released videos of himself or one of his impersonators, he looked like the 1970s Groucho Marx (thick glasses and all).
25 posted on 12/14/2003 6:42:46 PM PST by weegee
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