On this day December 13, 2003
During Operation Red Dawn, American forces found former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein hiding in a spider hole and captured him ending rumors of his death.
The mission was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, commanded by Col. James Hickey of the 4th Infantry Division, with joint operations Task Force 121 – an elite and covert joint special operations team.
They searched two sites, “Wolverine 1” and “Wolverine 2”, outside the ad-Dawr town, but did not find President Hussein. A continued search, between the two sites, discovered him in a “spider hole” hide out, at 20:30hrs local Iraqi time.