Ex-Marine Says Public Version of Saddam Capture Fiction
A former U.S. Marine who participated in capturing ousted Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein said the public version of his capture was
Ex-Sgt. Nadim Abou Rabeh, of Lebanese descent, was quoted in the Saudi
daily al-Medina Wednesday as saying Saddam was actually captured
Friday, Dec. 12, 2003, and not the day after, as announced by the U.S.
"I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who
searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit,
and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole
as announced," Abou Rabeh said.
"We captured him after fierce resistance during which a Marine of
Sudanese origin was killed," he said.
He said Saddam himself fired at them with a gun from the window of a
room on the second floor. Then they shouted at him in Arabic: "You
have to surrender. ... There is no point in resisting."
"Later on, a military production team fabricated the film of Saddam's
capture in a hole, which was in fact a deserted well," Abou Rabeh
Abou Rabeh was interviewed in Lebanon.