When the US invaded Baghdad in March 2003, ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and his family fled the city, leading to one of the most intense manhunts in history.

That manhunt ended on December 13, 2003, when US forces captured and arrested the disheveled former dictator on the outskirts of his hometown in Tikrit, Iraq — without firing a single shot.

Members of the Fourth Infantry Division's First Brigade and US Special Forces captured Hussein on December 13, 2003.

US soldiers remove the cover hiding the hole used by Saddam Hussein before he was captured.
US soldiers remove the cover hiding the hole used by Saddam Hussein before he was captured.
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Hussein was discovered and arrested in the town of Ad Dwara, on the outskirts of Tikrit.

A view of the farm where Hussein was arrested.
A view of the farm where Hussein was arrested.
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The deposed dictator had been hiding underground, using this hole as the sole entrance and exit.

The entrance to Hussein's underground hiding place on the outskirts of Tikrit, Iraq.
The entrance to Hussein's underground hiding place on the outskirts of Tikrit, Iraq.
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Hussein's underground hiding place had a ventilator in one wall.

The underground hole where Hussein was hiding when captured by US forces
The underground hole where Hussein was hiding when captured by US forces
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A cuffed and haggard-looking Hussein was pictured after his arrest.

A photo dated December 13, 2003 shows Hussein in what appear to be Flexi-cuffs after his arrest.
A photo dated December 13, 2003 shows Hussein in what appear to be Flexi-cuffs after his arrest.
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Photos showing a disheveled Hussein began surfacing after his capture.

This unsourced image alleges to show displaced Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003 in an undisclosed location.
This unsourced image alleges to show displaced Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after his capture in December 2003 in an undisclosed location.
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Hussein was on the run for nine months, and the time he spent hiding underground had clearly weathered him.

Saddam Hussein, filmed after his capture in 2003.
Saddam Hussein, filmed after his capture in 2003.
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Hussein remained defiant throughout his trial in 2006, even wagging his finger at the judge.

Saddam Hussein reacts in court during the Anfal genocide trial in Baghdad on December 21, 2006.
Saddam Hussein reacts in court during the Anfal genocide trial in Baghdad on December 21, 2006.
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After Hussein and his family fled Baghdad, the US Department of Defense distributed their images on playing cards to assist in their identification. They added "captured" after they got him.

Saddam Hussein's image appeared on the ace of spades.
Saddam Hussein's image appeared on the ace of spades.
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Hussein's capture was seen as a major victory for US forces, but the celebration of his arrest was short-lived. A mere four months later, US contractors would be killed and hanged in Fallujah, leading to a near year-long battle amid increasing disillusionment with the war effort.

In January 2007, Hussein was executed by hanging in Baghdad.

U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad April 9, 2003.
U.S. Marine Corp Assaultman Kirk Dalrymple watches as a statue of Iraq's President Saddam Hussein falls in central Baghdad April 9, 2003.
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