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14 December Iraq Special Weapons News

Operations
Deployments
US Policy
United Nations
Reconstruction Issues
Foreign Reactions
News Reports

Current Operations

  • SADDAM HUSSEIN CAPTURED, IN COALITION CUSTODY CENTCOM 14 Dec 2003 -- Forces from the 4th Infantry Division, coalition forces and special operations forces captured former Iraqi dictator, Saddam Hussein, at approximately 8 p.m. local time yesterday in a remote farm house near Tikrit, Iraq.
  • Transcript: Ambassador Bremer Briefing from Baghdad 14 Dec 2003 -- "Ladies and gentlemen. We got him!"

  • SADDAM CAPTURE WRAP VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- President Bush has hailed the capture of Saddam Hussein as the end of a dark and painful era in Iraq's history. U-S soldiers found the former Iraqi leader hiding in a small underground space Saturday night, and took him into custody without firing a shot.
  • SADDAM CAPTURE WRAP VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- President Bush has hailed the capture of Saddam Hussein as the end of a dark and painful era in Iraq's history. As V-O-A's Stephanie Ho reports from Washington, U-S soldiers found the former Iraqi leader hiding in a small cellar Saturday night, and took him into custody without firing a shot.
  • PENTAGON / SADDAM CAPTURED VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- U-S forces have scored an important victory in Iraq: capturing Saddam Hussein in a bloodless operation near Tikrit. But as V-O-A Pentagon Correspondent Alex Belida reports, U-S officials acknowledge the capture of the former Iraqi leader will not mean an immediate end to the ongoing terrorist violence in the country.
  • Saddam Hussein 'Caught Like a Rat,' U.S. Commander Says AFPS 14 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein was "caught like a rat" and offered no resistance when U.S. soldiers captured him near Tikrit Dec. 13, the U.S. general in charge of the operation said today.
  • 'We Got Him' -- Bremer Announces Saddam's Capture AFPS 14 Dec 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 'Disoriented and Bewildered' When Captured AFPS 14 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein had been living in "two small rooms in an adobe hut" and seemed disoriented and bewildered when captured by U.S. soldiers, the general in command of those soldiers said today.
  • IRAQ/SADDAM VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been captured. The former Iraqi dictator was taken into custody, without incident late Saturday.
  • IRAQ/SADDAM CAPTURE VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Saddam Hussein has been captured alive near his hometown in Iraq. As V-O-A Correspondent Challiss McDonough reports from Baghdad, Paul Bremer, the head of the coalition authority, made the surprise official announcement.
  • Iraq: Blair Confirms That Saddam Hussein Captured RFE/RL 14 Dec 2003 -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair has confirmed the arrest of toppled Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
  • Iraq: Saddam Hussein Captured Near Tikrit RFE/RL 14 Dec 2003 -- Deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, who has eluded coalition forces for eight months, was captured on 13 December in a massive operation in Al-Dawr, located some 15 kilometers south of Tikrit.

Deployments

US Policy

  • White House Briefing, Dec. 14: President Learns of Saddam Hussein Capture Washington File 14 Dec 2003 -- White House Press Spokesman Scott McClellan briefed reporters early December 14 on details of how President Bush learned of the capture the evening of December 13 in Iraq of Saddam Hussein.
  • Iraq's "Dark and Painful Era" Is Over, Bush Says Washington File 14 Dec 2003 -- With the capture of Saddam Hussein, "a dark and painful era is over" for Iraq, President Bush said in a televised address December 14.
  • President Says Saddam Capture Ushers in 'Hopeful Day' for Iraqi People AFPS 14 Dec 2003 -- President Bush praised the "superb skill and precision by a brave fighting force" that led to the 4th Infantry Division's Dec. 13 capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, which Bush said "marks the end of the road for him, and for all who bullied and killed in his name."
  • Statement by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld on the Capture of Saddam Hussein 14 Dec 2003 -- Today is a momentous day for the Iraqi people. The Iraqi people have now been liberated in spirit, as well as in fact. As they celebrate, we also stop to remember the many U.S. and Coalition forces who gave their lives to make this moment possible - including many brave Iraqis who served in their new security forces and who have died fighting for their country. Thanks to all of them, the Iraqi people face a future, not of terror, but of freedom. Today, many Iraqis can dare to believe what we have said from the beginning: that the era of the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein is over. His terrorist regime is finished.
  • SADDAM / U-S CONGRESS VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- U-S legislators of both parties are hailing the capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein as a major step towards peace, stability and reconciliation in that country.
  • BUSH / IRAQ VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- President Bush says a dark and painful era is over for Iraq. But as V-O-A's Paula Wolfson reports, Mr. Bush also says the capture of Saddam Hussein does not mean there will be a quick end to violence.
  • Iraq: Bush Says Hussein Capture Closes 'Dark And Painful Era' RFE/RL 14 Dec 2003 -- U.S. President George W. Bush today said the capture of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein marks the end of what he called a "dark and painful era" for Iraq.

United Nations

Reconstruction Issues

  • SADDAM / WHAT NEXT VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Captured Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has been the chaotic country's number-one fugitive and coalition leaders have blamed his followers for the continuing attacks on U-S troops and civilian targets. The governing council is setting up a special tribunal and wants to try Saddam for crimes against humanity. But there are still many unanswered questions about what will happen next.

Foreign Reactions

  • SADDAM / ARAB REACT VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- The Arab world is reacting with caution to Sunday's announcement that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been captured. Some experts believe the capture could greatly diminish organized resistance to U-S forces in Iraq, while others are predicting there could be a period of increased militant attacks in Iraq and possibly elsewhere in the Arab world.
  • Iraqi Kurd leader says Saddam was arrested IRNA 14 Dec 2003 -- The former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured in his hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, told IRNA reporter at the Khosravi border checkpoint, citing American forces.
  • Pachachi: Saddam should stand trial for crimes against Iraqis IRNA 14 Dec 2003 -- Acting president of Iraqi Governing Council (IGC) Adnan Pachachi said on Sunday that Saddam should stand trial for the crimes he committed against the Iraqi people.
  • Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein captured IRNA 14 Dec 2003 -- The former Iraqi president, Saddam Hussein, was captured in his hometown of Tikrit on Sunday, the head of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, Jalal Talabani, told IRNA reporter at the Khosravi border checkpoint, quoting American forces.
  • SADDAM / ARAB REACT VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- The Arab world is reacting with caution to Sunday's announcement that former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been captured. Some experts believe the capture could greatly diminish organized resistance to U-S forces in Iraq, while others are predicting there could be a period of increased militant attacks in Iraq and possibly elsewhere in the Arab world.
  • IRAQ / SADDAM BAGHDAD REACT VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Iraqis are reacting with mixed emotions to the news of Saddam Hussein's capture by coalition troops. Some are elated, others disappointed, and many still doubt that it is really true.
  • SADDAM / ISRAEL / PALESTINIANS VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- Israeli officials expressed great joy over the capture of Saddam Hussein, but response from the Palestinian Authority has been notably muted.
  • IRAQ REACT / EUROPE VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- European governments, including those that opposed the war in Iraq, are hailing the capture of Saddam Hussein and expressing confidence that it will help stabilize the war-torn country.
  • SADDAM / REAX VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- There is no official reaction yet in Saudi Arabia, but the news of Saddam Hussein's capture met with mixed emotions in the capital

News Reports

  • SADDAM / U-S / POL VOA 14 Dec 2003 -- The capture of Saddam Hussein could turn out to be a major boost for President Bush's re-election prospects next year.




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