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On this day in history, 4th Infantry Divison captures Saddam Hussein in Iraq

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It remains open for debate if the Iraqis are better off with or without Saddam Hussein, but thanks to the 4th Infantry Division, ten years ago today, he was captured.

Hiding in what the military described as a “rat hole”, the former dictator of Iraq was found near his hometown of Tikrit.

At the time, there were nearly 12,000 4th I.D. soldiers in Iraq and another 600 1st Brigade troops that were involved in the eventual capture.

The 4th Infantry Division was at the time based out of Fort Hood and has since been reassigned to Fort Carson, Colo.

Saddam Hussein was accused of harboring weapons of mass destruction that were never found following the 2003 invasion and protracted war.

In 2006, Saddam was convicted of charges related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi'ites and was executed by hanging that December.

The last U.S. troops left Iraq in December of 2011.

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