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‘WE GOT HIM’ ~ 4th Infantry Captures Saddam Near Tikrit
American Forces Press Service ^ | Dec. 14, 2003 | Jim Garamone

Posted on 12/14/2003 1:53:50 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl

Photo, Caption below.
U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Paul Bremer watches the video of Saddam Hussein going through his medical examination shortly after his capture while it was being briefed to the media gathered at the Iraqi Forum in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2003. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steven Pearsall
WE GOT HIM’
4th Infantry Captures Saddam Near Tikrit
By Jim Garamone / American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2003 — With three words – “We got him” – Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III announced at a press briefing in Baghdad today that U.S. forces had captured Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein near his hometown of Tikrit.

Saddam was taken into custody at a small mud-walled compound outside the village of Adwar at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 13.

About 600 members of the 1st Brigade, 4 th Infantry Division, along with special operations forces, launched Operation Red Dawn after receiving intelligence that Saddam was in the area, said Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, commander of coalition forces in the country.

Bremer, the coalition administrator, said it was a “great day” in Iraq's history. “For decades, hundreds of thousands of you suffered at the hands of this cruel man,” he said. “For decades, Saddam Hussein divided citizens against each other. For decades, he threatened and attacked your neighbors. Those days are over forever.”

The ambassador called on Iraqis to look to the future. He urged those who supported Saddam to reexamine their views and cooperate to build a new Iraq. “Your future has never been more full of hope,” he said.

Sanchez described the operation that captured Saddam. The general said it was a cordon-and-search operation, and coalition forces sustained no casualties. In fact, he said, coalition forces never fired a shot.

“For the last several months, a combination of human intelligence tips, exceptional intelligence analytical efforts and detainee interrogations narrowed down the activities of Saddam Hussein,” Sanchez said.

Saddam Hussein captured Dec. 13, 2003.Sanchez said intelligence pointed to two likely spots where Saddam could be hiding. He said the Americans struck with lightning speed under cover of darkness. The troops initially did not find Saddam. “As a result, the 1 st Brigade Combat Team elected to cordon the area and conduct an extensive search,” Sanchez said. “Coalition forces subsequently found a suspicious location.”

In the search, U.S. forces discovered a “spider hole.” “After uncovering the spider hole, a search was conducted and Saddam Hussein was found hiding at the bottom of the hole,” Sanchez said. “Saddam was captured without resistance.”

Coalition forces moved the former Iraqi dictator to a secure area, and he has undergone medical tests and questioning. Bremer said Saddam was “cooperative and talkative.”

Photo, caption below.
Photos of Saddam Hussein shown during a briefing at the Iraqi Forum in Baghdad, Dec. 14, 2003. 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. Defense Dept. photos

 

Coalition forces also uncovered some weapons and $750,000 in $100 bills. Two other Iraqis were detained.

Sanchez showed a video of the spider hole and then showed Saddam undergoing medical tests. Iraqi journalists at the press conference erupted at the sight of Saddam, shaking their fists and shouting “Death to Saddam.” The Iraqi dictator had a full beard and looked disheveled.

 

Sanchez called the capture of Saddam “a defining moment in the new Iraq.” he said the capture brings closure to the Iraqi people. “Saddam Hussein will never return to a position of power from which he can punish, terrorize, intimidate or exploit the Iraqi people as he did for more than 35 years,” the general said.

Saddam will continue to be held at an undisclosed location. The determination on how to try Saddam will be made later.

Pentagon officials said President Bush was informed of the possible capture yesterday. It was confirmed to him this morning.

The streets of Baghdad erupted with “celebratory gunfire,” according to correspondents in the Iraqi capital. Officials said some Iraqi regime diehards may launch attacks, but that coalition forces are prepared. In the long term, officials said, they see the capture as going a long way to bring stability to the country.

Bremer and Sanchez, while visibly pleased by the capture, said much work remains to be done in Iraq, and pledged to continue working with the Iraqi Governing Council to build a new Iraq.

 

Briefing Transcript     Briefing Slides

 


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 4thid; centcom; goodnews; husseincapture; iraq; operationreddawn; reddawn; saddam; saddamhussein; viceisclosed; wegothim

1 posted on 12/14/2003 1:53:51 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
CAUGHT AT LAST, CAUGHT AT LAST,
THANK GOD ALMIGHTY AND THE US ARMY,
HUSSEIN'S CAUGHT AT LAST

2 posted on 12/14/2003 1:58:58 PM PST by elbucko (Try "SPAMMO", ammo, the next time your hunting "Towelheads".)
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To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
Sanchez described the operation that captured Saddam. The general said it was a cordon-and-search operation, and coalition forces sustained no casualties. In fact, he said, coalition forces never fired a shot.

“For the last several months, a combination of human intelligence tips, exceptional intelligence analytical efforts and detainee interrogations narrowed down the activities of Saddam Hussein”

-- The streets of Baghdad erupted with “celebratory gunfire,” according to correspondents in the Iraqi capital. Officials said some Iraqi regime diehards may launch attacks, but that coalition forces are prepared. In the long term, officials said, they see the capture as going a long way to bring stability to the country.

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Last one, I think...and not enough from our troops, who are probably still smiling too broadly to appear on int'l TV. (^:
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3 posted on 12/14/2003 1:59:18 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl


A deeply saddened Senator Tom Dashole reacts to the news of Saddam's capture.

4 posted on 12/14/2003 2:00:34 PM PST by SAMWolf (Bush Pulls an Ace out of the hole!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Next Capture:

HILLARY
5 posted on 12/14/2003 2:06:06 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: All
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6 posted on 12/14/2003 2:06:24 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub (Have you said Thank You to a service man or woman today?)
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To: All
What is a "spider hole?"

7 posted on 12/14/2003 2:07:42 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The news and info is flowing so fast, it makes my head spin. But thank God he's finally been run down and locked up. I can only imagine the thoughts running through the head of the G.I. when he realized who he was looking at in the bottom of that hole.
8 posted on 12/14/2003 2:09:12 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: All
oh no. I think I just set up a really baaad
joke.

Saddam was caught in a Spider's Hole.

That is, he was in a Black-Spiders Hole
AKA Hillary Clinton
9 posted on 12/14/2003 2:09:40 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Joy Angela
Camouflaged enemy foxhole... ...the VC used them in Nam.
10 posted on 12/14/2003 2:13:08 PM PST by Dog (First question to Saddam..........Where is Scott Speicher??)
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To: Dog
Thank you, Dog!!

11 posted on 12/14/2003 2:14:01 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Joy Angela
Lol!
12 posted on 12/14/2003 2:17:42 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I wonder if he was "FROG MARCHED" out of that spider hole!
13 posted on 12/14/2003 2:18:23 PM PST by jaz.357 (We should be more open-minded toward people trying to kill us.)
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To: Joy Angela

Spider Hole

14 posted on 12/14/2003 2:19:59 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the commissary parking lot and regroup.)
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To: elbucko; Ragtime Cowgirl; Joy Angela; conservogirl; Alamo-Girl; Carl/NewsMax; tinacart; onyx; ...
NEVER FORGET

The History of Spider Holes =

"I personally extracted a PAVN (Soldier of the Peoples Army of Communist Norht Vietnam) from a Spider Hole" =

...Colonel HAL G. MOORE at the Battle of BONG SON, South Vietnam-1966




"SADDAM HUSSSEIN was captured like a RAT in a Spider Hole" =

...Liberating U.S. Military in Iraq-2003


Signed:.."ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer / A Radioman-Driver-Orderly to then Lt. Col. HAL G. MOORE in the opening days of the Vietnam War-1965

http://www.lzxray.com/guyer_collection.htm
(Photos)

NEVER FORGET
15 posted on 12/14/2003 2:20:08 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
It's a miracle that US Troops
were able to find Saddam's hiding place.

What a story!!
16 posted on 12/14/2003 2:21:05 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The 4ID can go ahead and gloat, it'll take days to wipe the grin off those guys face ...excellent job guys
17 posted on 12/14/2003 2:21:56 PM PST by boxerblues (If you can read this.. Thank a Teacher..If you can read this in English ..Thank a US Soldier)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The words 'We got him,' spoken by U.S. Iraq administrator L. Paul Bremer at a press conference announcing the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein are illuminated on the air traffic control tower at Basrah International Airport, in Southern Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003. The message was written by the employees of the control tower. (AP Photo/Royal Navy via PA, Paul A'Barrow)
18 posted on 12/14/2003 2:23:07 PM PST by veronica (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1036919/post-Screenwriting Contest thread/ATTN:FR writers)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
>>
"SADDAM HUSSSEIN was captured like a RAT in a Spider Hole" <<

RAT = DemoncRAT

Let's Catch those RATS!!!

GO BUSH!!!!
19 posted on 12/14/2003 2:25:00 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
We've smoked Saddam out of his spider hole ~ the democrats are sad ~ very sad! :)
20 posted on 12/14/2003 2:25:21 PM PST by blackie
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To: Joy Angela

21 posted on 12/14/2003 2:26:14 PM PST by Cannoneer No. 4 (Old soldiers never die. They just go to the commissary parking lot and regroup.)
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To: veronica
Thanks for posting the picture.

WOW

22 posted on 12/14/2003 2:26:18 PM PST by Joy Angela (Hillary is Really Angry Now: BUSH **IS** The MAN!!!!!!)
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To: SAMWolf
Happy day, SAMWolf!

Listen to a Dem pol/pundit? Today? That's like stealing from a blind widow, or kicking a dog, or dissing the Boy Scouts or celebrating NAMBLA. My "repent" list is long enough without my adding: 'listened to a Democrat on the day our brave troops made sure Saddam would never torture the Iraqi people again.' (^:

23 posted on 12/14/2003 2:27:11 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Has anyone heard anything about the pictures above? Are these before and after pictures taken today/yesterday? Was he allowed to clean up, shave and then be rephotograghed? The backgrounds look like the same tile. Just curious.
24 posted on 12/14/2003 2:27:24 PM PST by ALASKA (That's my own personal, correct, opinion and I'm sticking with it!)
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To: Cannoneer No. 4
Thanks for the pics, Cannoneer.

Saddam probably heard our troops, often. I am very glad to know that he didn't spend his last days of freedom in a luxury hotel in Paris.

25 posted on 12/14/2003 2:46:01 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
Thanks for the reminder, Tonkin. Calling Soldier Radio tonight.

Other FR 'Saddam captured' threads:

DoD, CENTCOM, FR live thread #1, FR live thread #2, Pres. Bush's speech ~ FR live thread, GOTTA SEE THIS... ~ Diogenesis,Thank you President Bush. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

26 posted on 12/14/2003 2:52:59 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl

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...


27 posted on 12/14/2003 3:09:17 PM PST by ppaul
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To: ALASKA
Are these before and after pictures taken today/yesterday? Was he allowed to clean up, shave and then be rephotograghed?

The US troops cleaned him up and took the picture so that the Iraqis could see for sure that it's him.
Same deal as when they cleaned up Uday and Qusay.

28 posted on 12/14/2003 3:49:30 PM PST by speekinout
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
4ID, Hoo-yah!
29 posted on 12/14/2003 4:46:36 PM PST by anymouse
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To: ALASKA
You may find the answer to the Saddam before and after pics at the briefing slides, #18 at the CENTCOM thread, or included with this thread: Gen. Sanchez, the briefing.
30 posted on 12/14/2003 5:14:02 PM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
After all that money supporting homicide bombers, after even the deaths of his two murderous boys who went down fighting, Ms Saddam, armed with a pistol, finally went down with a whimper, not a bang. Whattaday. Whattaguy.
31 posted on 12/14/2003 6:52:09 PM PST by kcar (A gov't big enough to give you everything, doesn't really care about YOU anymore.)
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To: Viking2002
I can only imagine the thoughts running through the head of the G.I. when he realized who he was looking at in the bottom of that hole.

"Looks like we got us an Ace in the Hole!"

32 posted on 12/14/2003 7:41:21 PM PST by Mackey
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
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"WE GOT HIM" =

"WE WERE SOLDIERS"


How fitting it is that our Freeper Ragtime Cowgirl was the one this morning to 1st post a...

http://www.Freerepublic.com ..Thread

...alerting us about BUSH's Capture of SADDAM HUSSEIN in a Spider Hole.

After all you have done in support of our Hero Soldiers in Iraq and their Hero Families here at home you deserve our 1st Airstrike for CLARITY on this Wonderful Day.

GOD Speed.

.
33 posted on 12/14/2003 7:45:57 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.com)
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To: SAMWolf
You know the dems probably are crying about it, that's the sad part. They are more concerned with their own political power than what is right for our country. Stinks.
34 posted on 12/15/2003 2:41:37 AM PST by snippy_about_it (Fall in --> The FReeper Foxhole. America's History. America's Soul.)
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To: Ragtime Cowgirl
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35 posted on 12/15/2003 2:47:06 AM PST by leadpenny (* 4th Infantry Division (Pleiku '67) *)
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