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Not every freshman congressman can say he took part in the capture of fugitive Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and interrogated him to boot.
Rep. Mark Green, elected in November to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District, is an Army special operations veteran as well as a physician and businessman.
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One of his most memorable missions in the military, Green recalls in an interview with The Daily Signal, was helping to capture Saddam on Dec. 13, 2003.
“That was amazing,” Green says. “And it’s interesting: I did a lot of missions where we thought we had him, and we didn’t.”
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“And of course, you build up this expectation that the mission isn’t going to be successful,” he says. “You always hope that it will be, but OK, you’re on your 50th similar mission.”
“But about three weeks before we actually caught him, the operational tempo began to really pick up and we were getting what we called enablers who were much closer to Saddam. So we began to think, ‘OK. Maybe we’re going to get this guy.’”
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The U.S. military found Saddam hiding in a 6- to 8-foot-deep “spider hole,” 9 miles outside Tikrit, his hometown in north central Iraq.
Green describes the mission in which the U.S. military finally captured Saddam as “unbelievable,” recalling:
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Anytime you climb into a special operations helicopter with a bunch of tier one special operators, it’s a rush to say the least, right? And then to be in the...
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