No Longer on the Run

There are reports that during early questioning he was not being very cooperative.

One Iraqi official who met with him in captivity says he is unapologetic. Saddam Hussein has been taken out of Iraq, says a U.S. official. His exact whereabouts are unknown. But the endless interrogations have already begun. He emerged this weekend from a dank hole, unshaven and unkempt. Saddam had spent 9 months on the run, which could be seen on his tired face.

He was caught like a rat. Without a single shot fired. Soldiers from the 4th Infantry
Division found Saddam in a coffin-sized bunker on a farm near his hometown of Tikrit. Ironically, he was near some of his opulent palaces. DNA confirmed it, as U.S. officials ecstatically announced it, one of the most intensive manhunts in history is over.

Saddam's hiding hole was covered with a Styrofoam lid and outfitted with a breathing tube. He was found with a gun and more than $700 thousand u-s dollars. He blinked and rubbed his matted beard as doctors examined him. President Bush says, “The capture of this man was crucial to the rise of the free Iraq.”

It marks the end of the road for him and for all who bullied and killed in his name. U.S. officials say family members and close friends of Hussein blew his cover.

Over the last 10 days or so the 4th Infantry Division brought in about 5 or 10 members of families who then were able to provide even more information.

Iraqis danced in the streets and fired traditional celebratory gunshots into the air. But the administration is quick to caution Saddam's capture may not stop the bloodletting that's taken nearly 200 American lives since the end of the war.

Already, a pickup truck loaded with gasoline exploded in Baghdad and a car bomb killed 17 outside an Iraqi police station. The U.S. has not decided what to do with Saddam, saying the decision will come soon. Iraq's governing council says he will face a public trial at home before a special tribunal. In the meantime, the interrogations continue in an undisclosed location.


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