As the fugitive dictator was hauled from the hole in the ground, his first words were an apparent offer to cut a deal with the Americans he had so long defied and despised. “My name is Saddam Hussein. I am the president of Iraq, and I want to negotiate,” the heavily bearded man in dirty clothing blurted to soldiers of a special operations team from the Fourth Infantry Division. Major Bryan Reed, operations officer for the division’s First Brigade, yesterday recounted the episode to reporters at the site of Hussein’s capture Saturday night near the Sunni Triangle village of Adwar. According to Reed, a US special forces soldier retorted to Hussein, “Regards from President Bush.” But even as an American military commander said that the information gleaned as the result of Hussein’s capture has led to the arrests of a number of former regime figures, a new wave of violence hit the Baghdad area yesterday. Suicide bombers launched deadly attacks against two police stations, and several powerful blasts jolted the capital. Full Story
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