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Last Updated: Tuesday, 9 March 2004, 14:41 GMT
Saddam on the run
Jane Corbin talks to Col James Hickey
Jane Corbin talks to Col James Hickey
Panorama: Saddam on the run was broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, 28 March 2004 at 2215 BST

In April 2003, as Saddam's statue was being toppled in Baghdad, US Marines were locked in a deadly gun battle with Saddam Hussein and his supporters just across the city.

Yet their Ace of Spades escaped. The next time the world would see him was at his capture, eight months later.

For all this time - through handwritten letters, tape recordings, personal messages - Saddam stayed in touch with his fellow Ba'athists, helping to direct those fighting the Coalition.

Pictures from the Panorama team in Iraq

Sheltered by a handful of people, appearing secretly in public, he still thought he could win a guerrilla war against the Coalition.

Yet all this time, a team of US soldiers and Special Forces was methodically closing in on him.

How did Saddam Hussein evade capture for so long? Where did he hide out? Who protected him? Which family member betrayed Saddam's sons, killed in a fierce shoot-out? And who finally betrayed Saddam to the Americans?

Panorama speaks to the American army generals and ordinary soldiers who tracked and caught Saddam; to the bodyguards who once protected the dictator; to the Iraqi minister who confronted Saddam in his prison cell; and to the families of those accused of betraying Saddam Hussein and all he believed in.

Production team:
Reporter: Jane Corbin
Producer: Chris Woods
Assistant Producer: Kinda Haddad
Deputy Editors: Andrew Bell, Sam Collyns
Editor: Mike Robinson

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