March 2003. As Bush declares 'the day of liberation is near,' Saddam instructs most of his family to flee to Syria; only Uday, Qusay and grandson Mustapha remain. For his safety, Saddam goes into hiding near Tikrit, off the banks of the Tigris River where he lived as a child. As coalition forces flood Baghdad, Saddam remains holed up in a hut, making rallying-cry audiotapes his bodyguard delivers to radio stations. Uday, Qusay and Mustapha hide in a relative's house, but it isn't long before the location leaks to U.S. officials. Later, Saddam senses the net closing in on his hiding place inside a makeshift underground hole.
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U.S. Army soldiers sent to capture Uday and Qusay are armed with M16A1 rifles. In mid-2003, they would have been equipped with newer weapons such as either M4s or M16A2s. See more