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Old 12-14-2003, 06:18 AM   #1
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Saddam may have been captured

thats the message i got at the bottom of the TV Screen a minute ago

all it said was "reports that former leader of iraq has been captured"

thats it all said.....but its good news i guess, if its true

anyone confirm that?
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It's just been on BBC News 24 - Tony Blair has confirmed that Saddam Hussein has been captured
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From http://www.sky.com/skynews/article/0...115282,00.html

CAPTURED IN RAID

Tony Blair has confirmed that former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been captured alive in his home town of Tikrit.


Mr Blair, who has returned to Downing Street from Chequers, said in a statement that Saddam was seized last night.

The British Prime Minister said the arrest "removes the shadow" of his return from Iraq and "gives an opportunity for Saddam to be tried in Iraqi courts".

Reports say Saddam was "dug out of a cellar" from a house in a poverty-stricken area during a raid by US forces, backed by Kurdish troops.

DNA tests have been carried out and the 66-year-old's identity confirmed.

Saddam, who had been on the run since the US took Baghdad on April 9, was apparently found at around 4am with a suitcase containing half a million dollars worth of cash.

Ahmad Chalabi, leader of the Iraqi National Congress (INC), has said he will probably be put on trial.

A spokesman for the INC said: "We are 100% sure Saddam has been detained by American forces."

A top Iraqi official said US administrator Paul Bremer called Iraqi leaders by telephone to tell them the news.

The US Defence Department is still refusing to confirm the reports but a press conference has been announced for 12pm GMT.

In Baghdad, a spokeswoman for the US-led operation notified reporters that a "very important" announcement will be made at the press conference. It is not known who the speaker will be.

The news is spreading around Iraq rapidly and hundreds of exultant people have taken to the streets of Kirkuk and Baghdad firing weapons into the air in celebration.
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Old 12-14-2003, 06:41 AM   #5
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I hope it really is him now.
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Ding dong! The witch is dead!

Good for the Iraqi people! They deserve it!

FREEDOM!
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me too! bammo
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Saddam captured alive in Tikrit
December 14, 2003 - 10:30PM


Moving target ... the many faces of Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein was captured in his home town of Tikrit today in a major coup for the beleaguered US occupation forces.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair confirmed the arrest, Sky News television said.

The Pentagon was cautious, saying only that it believed its troops had probably caught the former dictator.

But Washington's Iraqi allies, including Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi as well as a British diplomatic source told Reuters that Saddam was in US custody.

A US-led civil administration news conference in Baghdad was due at 3pm (2300 AEDT).

The 66-year-old former leader, who has been on the run since US forces took Baghdad on April 9, was dug out from a cellar in Tikrit, Chalabi said. US soldiers removed a beard and took samples for DNA testing.

Saddam's sons Uday and Qusay, killed by US troops in July, were identified after comparisons with family DNA samples.

Saddam would be put on trial, Chalabi added. A tribunal system for Iraqis to try Saddam and fellow Baathist leaders was set up only last week.

"This is good for Iraq. He will be put on trial. Let him face justice," Chalabi, who returned after the invasion from years in US exile, told Reuters in Baghdad.

The word came just hours after the latest major attack on Washington's Iraqi allies, with a suspected suicide car bomber killing at least 17 people and wounding 33 at an Iraqi police station in the restive town of Khalidiyah, west of Baghdad.

In early afternoon, gunfire broke out across the capital as news filtered through that Saddam was in US custody.

In Washington, a defense official said: "We think we have him ... We are still working through the identity issue."

The official would provide no details of the overnight raid near Tikrit other than to say it was conducted against what were believed to be senior officials of the former government.

Earlier, a member of Iraq's Governing Council said US administrator Paul Bremer has told them former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been detained in Iraq.

Dara Noor Al-Din says the council was informed of the former dictator's capture in a telephone call Bremer.

He says Bremer spoke on the phone to several members, including Ahmad Chalabi, a leading member of the council.

A representative in Iran of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan also confirmed the arrest of the former Iraqi dictator.

"I confirm that Saddam has been arrested," Nazem Dabag, representative in Iran of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, told Reuters.

Kurdish sources have told the Arabic television channel al-Jazeera that the military wing of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan joined US forces in the raid which captured the former Iraqi leader.

CNN quoted US sources as saying several high-profile Iraqis were arrested in a raid in Tikrit, without elaborating.

Patriotic Union of Kurdistan spokesman Adel Murad told Deutsche Presse-Agentur that Saddam was arrested today by US forces in the city. "We were in a meeting of the Iraqi Governing Council when a secretary came in to give us the news," Murad said.

Reuters reported that ordinary Iraqis fired into the air and took to the streets of some cities in Iraq to celebrate reports that Saddam had been captured.

Volleys of automatic rifle fire echoed across Baghdad as Iraqis drove around town honking their car horns and giving the V for victory sign, witnesses said.

In the northern city of Kirkuk in the Kurdish north, thousands took to the streets to celebrate.

Similar scenes were reported in the mainly Shi'ite southern port city of Basra

"We are celebrating like it's a wedding," said Mustapha Sheriff, a resident of Kirkuk. "We are finally rid of that criminal."

"This is the joy of a lifetime," said Ali Al-Bashiri, another Kirkuk resident. "I am speaking on behalf of all the people that suffered under his rule."

Saddam, who ruled Iraq for 23 years until his ouster in April, has been a fugitive since then with a $US25 million ($34 million) bounty on his head.

Rumours about Saddam's capture or death periodically surface, and a hotline set up by the occupation authorities for tips on his whereabouts is flooded with callers.

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Celebration in the streets of Baghdad? Imagine that.

I know a lot of you don't like the U.S. foreign policy, but you have to admit that the Iraqi people are in a better place today than they were yesterday.

Whether you think so or not, we Americans really do care about the welfare and future security of the Iraqi people.
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I hope it really is him now.
We all do, pro and anti-war people.


It is confirmed on dutch tv now.
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Celebration in the streets of Baghdad? Imagine that.

I know a lot of you don't like the U.S. foreign policy, but you have to admit that the Iraqi people are in a better place today than they were yesterday.

Whether you think so or not, we Americans really do care about the welfare and future security of the Iraqi people.
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Maybe now there will be less attacks on people and more moving forward.
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It's official!!!
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Bremer: "We got him."
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Old 12-14-2003, 07:36 AM   #15
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They Caught The S.o.b.!!!

OMG what a FANTASTIC day for the middle east and for the world.

One of the world's worst dictators and one of the MAJOr threats to Israel's security has been captured.

The capture of Saddam Hussein will definitely go down in history as one of the PROUDEST moments in any military conflict.

Good Riddance to bad rubbish!

Lets pray that the fighting stops and the troops come home safely.
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