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Alone we'll tell me about regard -- tell me about are you are you were picked you're you're you're pick somebody else's.
Groups finest talent well there are -- Became had just we were assigned to go to Tikrit Iraq.
As -- part of an infantry task force and it became a team -- teams where we -- with special operations forces and other regular units.
Saddam hung around -- crypt after he was over strong from -- and that's how we became involved -- to hunt.
-- all -- -- a lot of people what compartment -- does capital find him one well.
I wouldn't it there were of course everybody was hoping -- -- but.
And as far as the groups that it -- Literally were on the hunt you had to special operations forces team so one led by -- -- I'll call Jack and one led by ago called John.
He led the operations.
In the in that the vicinity of -- -- and so what this book will show you is the players how.
All the information came about and really how I was faced a soldier's story from the bottom up rather than something handed top down and it's a great story of success for men and women in uniform wonder -- Saddam Hussein on backers hometown it's great mystery but his whole life was tied up but being who he was only one place that he could go where he felt safe.
Was -- hometown connections.
Once we learned about -- and those controlling fairly some bodyguards around -- Then we were able to get along that trail go after those people.
His social networks in the hopes that we can we can find him and that's what happened on to somewhat erratic amount.
There was in the last public appearance of Saddam was in April 6 2003.
He is he's in Baghdad everybody's cheering him and the guy gets -- -- back of a car with a pistol protecting him and then later drive some out of Baghdad.
That guy's name was Mohamed -- moves with.
And we were able to.
Find -- newsletter a lot of -- Brothers and from their.
The -- -- all the way and we felt that he was a key.
Guy that if he were ever captured he would -- that -- location he was captured on December 12 and within 24 hours we had Saddam.
While we're talking on -- -- concert Russell the darkest -- to implement more upon.
Capture of Saddam Hussein -- capture it was time.
-- Mohamed Al losing its own soul wanted to talk -- saw a lot of these guys win and they would be captured.
Like a criminal on the run they would give up to goods.
Many of them an awful lot of Mortimer no idea we get asset all the time of people we're I'm for waterboarding model arbitrage and -- respond.
So for the last.
Well fortunately many of these guys would be haggard and it is at very low morale.
When they were cut they would give up a lot of the goods so -- -- That in.
Portraits on the same band and all the guys fundamentally he did in order in fact that -- the night of the -- -- there were about thousand soldiers involved with the rate when you include these special operations RSS and the -- -- Helicopters and things of -- area.
You had a couple of teams said that reinforce from Baghdad John's team and then colonel Hickey.
Head all of the conventional forces in at a giant court on around the two locations we -- -- could be it.
-- that was brought along for the raid and ultimately it was able to point to the location.
Had he not it would have been very difficult to find Saddam although I think.
In time when we would've continued to look over the next two or three days knowing that the intelligence was very good or you heroin me at all so -- all I was not at the whole lot of those commending us soldiers on the -- And -- had five or six units that were involved to close -- special operations forces.
What's a guy around and -- out Wednesday.
You're said he was where he he was he -- are tall he wasn't too happy about it but he was brought along for more Sheridan.
To seek to have Saddam seeing him they -- him out there and along with that you cook and and Brothers -- cook's brother who -- driving Saddam that was with him.
They were actually the ones that puts it on down in the whole.
Fled in the opposite direction through the orchard where later caught by -- -- -- name Sargent John Iverson.
And they didn't give up to goods.
But -- it was brought in and under pressure he.
That would just -- worth the worth of equipment was in the whole kind of pressure.
It really I mean by that traders armored him and I am -- -- welding.
They pressured him.
-- -- -- I believe it and so he he.
-- by that point.
He knew that they were right there any Saddam was underground and they've gotten so for so he he points -- where it was with his foot in -- Thanks you know the supportive dumb question which -- ask a laudable.
But do expect -- home.
Surrealism excellent defect Iraq is going to be a better place no question.
What about him no question above no matter what happens.
There are no question every US Iraqi soon whether Iraq is better today without Saddam and and they -- overwhelmingly say yes.
And this notion that Saddam made the trains run on time like Hitler -- is just sheer nonsense we forget how -- was.
Kurds and she is murdered.
20000 political opponents people from his own families and tribes murdered he -- -- every neighboring country except for Syria.
-- this man was a pariah on the planet and he had to be brought to account and I'm proud to have been apart and in his demise as -- A lot of that the folks that were involved with the hunt our number of people summit and also some nominal and Susan Erica.
-- operation was -- no reflection on year ordered troops.
Problems it's -- ever -- effective for the overall operation was pointless waste time will.
In -- that's easy to armchair quarterback but if you asked the soldiers of falter in those of us sort of sacrifice -- -- -- feel that way at all in fact.
And during the pitch forward -- surge it was soldiers and their leaders that were begging this country let us finish the job let us get it done.
We have politicians.
Both sides CIO that lost their spine.
Declaring the -- lost saying we needed to bill and it was the soldiers and their leaders that were making the case let us get it done.
And I'm glad they did because had we listened to them for years ago.
Iraq wouldn't be on the most favored nation trading status as it is today it wouldn't be paying off his debts which is more than maybe what our country can -- It wouldn't be.
Trading -- with people in the region exporting food.
Having every resource for success in the future Iraq is a success story because of the men and women in uniform in the United States of America.
Or gridlock over this sort of -- to larger services -- him.
A lot of bad record personal -- thank you and under court and or number -- well I -- -- -- -- live television and in Texas but.
Not professionally recorded warrant -- and more eco.
-- America Russell sap sooner or Merry Christmas to you Hernandez thanks -- -- I you enjoy the book period is very compelling story of how we get their assault on.
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Tentacles to Russell the -- minister.
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