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"Ladies and gentleman, we got him," L. Paul Bremer announced Sunday. The announcement was greeted with cheers from the audience.

Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez showed video of Saddam, who had graying hair and a long beard, undergoing a medical examination after his capture.

Several Iraqi journalists stood up and shouted "Death to Saddam" after the video was shown.

Sanchez said the former leader was not injured and has been "talkative and cooperative," after 4th Infantry Division and special operations forces nabbed him at a "rural farmhouse."

"Today is a great day for the Iraqi people and the coalition," Sanchez said.

Not a single shot was fired in "Operation Red Dawn," carried out based on intelligence gathered over several months, Sanchez said.

"This is very good news for the people of Iraq," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a statement Sunday. "It removes the shadow that has been hanging over them for too long of the nightmare of a return to the Saddam regime. This fear is now removed." (Blair reaction)

A senior U.S. official told CNN's Dana Bash in Washington that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told President Bush Saturday afternoon (EST) of the likely capture.

In Baghdad, hundreds of Iraqis flooded the streets, firing guns into the air, singing, dancing and throwing candy into the air -- celebrating the apparent capture of the man who had ruled their lives with terror and repression for more than three decades.

The raid was based on intelligence that Saddam was at a particular location in the area, the officials said.

Video following that raid -- exclusively shot by CNN's Alphonso Van Marsh -- showed a group of U.S.-led coalition soldiers patting each other on the back -- apparently in celebration -- and taking group photos in front of a military vehicle.

The 66-year-old longtime Iraqi leader was number one on the coalition's 55 most wanted list, and his evasion has been a political sore spot for the U.S. administration. (Saddam profile)

The Iraq war began on March 19 when U.S. forces launched a "decapitation attack" aimed at the Iraqi president and other top members of the country's leadership.

Hours later, a defiant Saddam wearing a military uniform appeared on Iraqi television to denounce the U.S.-led military campaign as "criminal" and to say his countrymen would be victorious.

At least a dozen audiotapes believed to have been recorded by Saddam, 66, have been released since he was forced out of power by the coalition forces during the Iraq war. The most recent was broadcast in November.

His sons Uday and Qusay -- also on the coalition's most wanted list -- were killed in July, after U.S. forces stormed their hideout in Mosul.
 

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Re: Got Him!

...oh him? Fack him. He's only worthy as a cellmate for Noriega in Miami. We need to get Osama.
 

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zafer said:
...oh him? Fack him. He's only worthy as a cellmate for Noriega in Miami. We need to get Osama.
Amen Zafer!
 

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ace in the hole...more liks ass in the hole! Ladies and Gentlemen "We Got Him":4:
 

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Well done!

And in true cowardly fashion, he showed all his followers that he wasn't even brave enough to be a martyr (which is what he promised them!)

I think it's better that we got him alive. I'm sure that eventually he'll give up all the information we've been after for 25 years... WMD, contracts with the french, german and russians, and, sadly, all the graves of the tortured and murdered Iraqi's...

One down, one more big one to go. OBL we're gunning for ya next!

Merry Christmas GWB!
 

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He sure look like one of the homeless at downtown LA!!!:claphead:
 

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I think it's better that we got him alive. I'm sure that eventually he'll give up all the information we've been after for 25 years... WMD, contracts with the french, german and russians, and, sadly, all the graves of the tortured and murdered Iraqi's...
Well, you already have all the info you need from the first 10 of those 25 years, since he was on the CIA payroll, just like Noriega was before he got greedy and went for more with his own drug deals.

Soooo.... back to objective #1: the search for weapons of mass destruction. That was the reason invoked for the invasion the first time around. Hope you find them now that you've got big daddy...otherwise, the whole operation was just a fraud to get Bush League the revenge he was seeking for his daddy....
 

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Well, you already have all the info you need from the first 10 of those 25 years, since he was on the CIA payroll, just like Noriega was before he got greedy and went for more with his own drug deals.

Soooo.... back to objective #1: the search for weapons of mass destruction. That was the reason invoked for the invasion the first time around. Hope you find them now that you've got big daddy...otherwise, the whole operation was just a fraud to get Bush League the revenge he was seeking for his daddy....
Yeah, I guess it would have been better to just leave him in power...:8:
 

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Yeah, I guess it would have been better to just leave him in power...:8:
Time will tell but the odds are against it. Surrounded by SA, Iran, and Syria its more likely it is going to be another out of control fundamentalist Islamic republic like Afghanistan, only worse - it'll be oil rich too.
 

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Time will tell but the odds are against it. Surrounded by SA, Iran, and Syria its more likely it is going to be another out of control fundamentalist Islamic republic like Afghanistan, only worse - it'll be oil rich too.
I agree, but leaving the jerk in power with his ruthless regime is hardly a rush to judgement IMHO.
 

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Knowing Bush (and politicians in general), they'll capture Osama about a week before next year's November election.
 

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Time will tell but the odds are against it. Surrounded by SA, Iran, and Syria its more likely it is going to be another out of control fundamentalist Islamic republic like Afghanistan, only worse - it'll be oil rich too.
Exactly. Did y'all notice the placards of the imams that the common folk were brandishing in the streets today?
 

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Yeah, I guess it would have been better to just leave him in power...:8:
Congrats, you got the bugger, but it sure took long enough!

Perhaps in the future, the US ought to implant a permanent radio-controlled kill device into its yes-man dictators. That way, if they decide to go independent, the US can eliminate them without having to go to so much trouble. Of course the decision when to activate the kill device would not be influenced by the dictator's human rights abuses, such would only be used when a tyrant starts saying 'no' to the Pres. :rolleyes:
 
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