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Eight years ago today -- without firing a single shot US forces finally capture one of the most feared dictators.
In the world.
December the thirteenth.
At around 8:30 PM Baghdad time.
United states military forces.
Captured Saddam Hussein.
A life our next -- commanded a task force that was involved in the arrest in the Iraqi leader.
He let -- there joining us right now is the author of this.
Re released book we got a lieutenant colonel Steve Russell welcome back -- -- thank -- it's -- to be back what do you remember about that day and who was the one man indispensable.
In getting us Saddam because.
He's gone in April we don't get it until what's today's date December.
Right well the last public appearance of Saddam and April -- forces surrounded him had a guy protecting human driving him out named Mohammed Al moves with.
That guy became key and he was the one that -- -- -- there was a play it.
Should Baghdad fall.
For Saddam to survive what was that -- He had a system of bodyguards and protection even when he was in power he knew he couldn't keep US military forces out.
So he planned to have an insurgency.
Cause us to lose national will we would leave he would make a bid for power again.
And his survival was keyed around five families in his hometown people have known -- since his childhood.
And they kept you guys at -- for a -- They did -- lot of street fighting what a lot of people don't realize is that the hunt for Saddam was a six month process and then the raid that got him was eight years ago today.
This guy muscle it when you got -- -- had somebody special how did you get here and to legion to Saddam.
That we had a series of raids we'd been looking for the -- -- Brothers the return of -- In the first two weeks of December.
Important information to his location came about.
He was caught on December 12 24 hours later we were going on the -- together you get in the house where Saddam is but he's easy in the -- If -- -- does it look TU and not towards the ground not to you but to what are your soldiers and that was -- is -- -- chance you would have gotten to -- else and not checked under that -- Well maybe this team that was at the whole led by -- guy I'll call John in fact they had looked and still couldn't find him.
-- usually not been brought along by John.
On the raid he would not have been found realistic.
A look at this picture this is Saddam coming out of a hole being -- by your translator correct well he was -- translator -- guy named Samir.
And I believe he lives in Saint Louis today the Stanley was driven out of Iraq -- -- change to America and they say we need because we kind of good.
I'll go back there and see if -- get the guy that destroyed my family.
Well it -- it's a remarkable story in fact in in the book there's a lot of B Terrell of all of the key players in the units that are involved in.
The remarkable story of how Saddam got captured hit his words work.
-- -- sit on the duly elected president of Iraq and I'm willing to negotiate let's think of them and what it was a response you'll have to buy the book to get the whole story yet.
But but the response essentially he was -- -- -- there -- was scared to death.
He -- he was pretty defiant he he was resigned after time he was held for a few hours into trip that the water palace and then flown.
-- special operations aircraft to Baghdad under.
Air force has scored well and yet to feel great all these years later knowing that the world is rated.
-- the most brutal murderers and in modern history we forget how terrible he was an Iraq has very bright future today without him.
And without you guys doing you did rewriting history in the -- given the Middle East to second shot you could argue gave birth to the Arab Spring.
Well it very well may have but I think Iraq is going to be a leader -- all of that let's hopefully let's hope so especially them -- keep using yesterday.
It's -- -- -- Steve -- go get the book.
It's right there is -- we got -- and you actually did.
And thanks for doing that and -- -- your service thank you thanks for having me on all right -- we welcome mr.
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