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Monday 15 December 2003
 
Saddam's capture
 
Saddam Hussein The bloodless capture of Saddam Hussein has given the American and British governments a big boost. It has also given new hope to the people of Iraq who feared his regime might one day return. This report from Jonathan Marcus:
 
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This is a historic turning point for modern Iraq. Saddam Hussein's capture marks a huge morale boost for US forces and a serious blow to Ba'athist elements engaged in armed resistance against them. It provides a significant political boost for President George Bush and for the British Prime Minister Tony Blair who were both coming under ever stronger criticism for launching their invasion of Iraq as the casualty toll mounted. But above all the capture of Saddam Hussein marks a huge opportunity for the Iraqi people.
This is the definitive end of the Ba'athist regime. There can be no succession. Saddam Hussein is in custody and his two sons who were major props to his regime are both dead. This does not mean that armed resistance to the Americans and their allies will end. This after all derives from a number of factors; political; nationalist, Islamic and criminal. One of Saddam Hussein's last acts in power was to empty the prisons. But the arrest of the former Iraqi ruler creates a dramatic shift in the psychological climate. Ordinary Iraqis have already been celebrating in the streets. Jonathan Marks, BBC Defence Correspondent
 
 
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turning point
 
time when something changes
 
Ba'athist elements engaged in armed resistance
 
supporters of the previous government who are fighting
 
the casualty toll mounted
 
the number of people killed or injured got bigger
 
the definitive end
 
the final, absolute end
 
succession
 
the continuing of the previous government
 
in custody
 
in prison
 
props
 
supports
 
derives from a number of factors
 
is because of different reasons
 
a dramatic shift
 
a big change
 
psychological climate
 
the way that people think
 
 
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