cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/go/homepage/int/news/h1/-/news/1/hi/world/middle_east/3317429.stm

Quote
Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein has been captured by US forces in Iraq, the coalition says.
He was found hiding in a cellar in his ancestral hometown of Tikrit, Iraqi official Ahmed Chalabi said.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair has welcomed the news saying it "removes the shadow" from over Iraq.

Saddam Hussein is the most wanted man on the list issued by US authorities but has not been seen since Baghdad fell to US forces in April.

Intensive search

A spokeswoman for US-led coalition forces in Baghdad said that a "very important" announcement would be made at a news conference at 1200 GMT but would not give further details.

The news comes as violence continued in Iraq, with at least 17 people killed and 30 wounded after a powerful car bomb exploded at an Iraqi police station in Khalidiyah, about 35 miles (60 km) west of Baghdad.

US officials say it may have been a suicide attack.

Saddam Hussein has been the subject of intensive searches by US-led forces in Iraq but previous attempts to locate him have proved unsuccessful.

People have started celebrating the possible capture of their former president in the streets of Baghdad and the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

The former Iraqi leader was last seen in television footage shot in April at a Baghdad market just before the city fell to US forces in the recent Iraq conflict.

US authorities have offered a $25m reward for information leading to his capture.

On 22 July his sons, Uday and Qusay, were killed in a raid by US forces in the northern city of Mosul.

Intelligence

In October, US officials said they had intelligence indicating Saddam Hussein was hiding in Tikrit.

They said he seemed to be moving around various safe houses with the aid of family members, often in disguise.

Saddam Hussein was born in Tikrit and has a tight network of family and clan ties which permeated all of the regime's main military, security and political institutions while he was in power.

The BBC's Caroline Hawley in Baghdad says it is not clear how US forces will verify that the identity of the man they reportedly have in custody is Saddam Hussein and not one of his doubles.

13 REPLIES
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

awsome
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

Hmmm, I'm highly skeptical.
michaelscott
Grafter
Posts: 594
Registered: 09-08-2007

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

Now they can rebuild the Iraqi economy by offering the opportunity to punch him for a fiver... They'd make billions.
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

haha
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

Couldn't they just be doubles?

Edit: just watched that: "dna tests confirmed it was him, and not one of his doubles". Ah Smiley.
Community Veteran
Posts: 6,111
Thanks: 1
Registered: 05-04-2007

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

Yes... but you have to wonder... why would a double be hiding?

Thomas
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

That's him alright. Cheesy
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

Quote
Yes... but you have to wonder... why would a double be hiding?


Well, that begs the question, "Why would a double be used in the first palce?".
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

They searched his hair. Did they expect to find WMD there I wonder?
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

brilliant
N/A

Saddam Hussein 'arrested in Iraq'

YAY Cheesy

Now lets watch him fry Smiley