Friday, Mar. 19, 2010

December 2003
Capturing Saddam

"Ladies and gentlemen, we got him."

Paul Bremer, announcing the December 13 capture of Saddam Hussein to cheers from Iraqi journalists

Using intelligence obtained by questioning bodyguards and family members, U.S. forces determine Saddam Hussein's whereabouts and find him hiding in a one-person, eight-foot deep "spider hole" in ad-Dawr near his hometown of Tikrit, with two AK-47s, a pistol, and $750,000 in $100 bills. Bedraggled and sporting a scruffy beard and shaggy hair, Hussein is transported to a U.S. base near Baghdad; images of his initial medical exam are released to the media.