This day in history: Saddam Hussein captured

BY newsdesk  December 13, 2013 at 3:15 PM EST

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Ten years ago today at 8:30 p.m. Baghdad time / 12:30 p.m. Washington D.C. time, former President of Iraq Saddam Hussein was captured by the U.S. military.

“You will not have to fear the rule of Saddam Hussein ever again,” President George W. Bush said in remarks to the Iraqi people the following day.

“It is a great day for humankind,” Spanish Foreign Minister Ana Palacio said at the time. “The horrible shadow of this bloody dictator is going to vanish.”

But a decade on, violence is still a daily occurrence in Iraq. A U.S. counterterrorism official recently warned that al-Qaida in Iraq is stronger than it’s been since 2006 and that other affiliates are spreading.

Read more: What is al-Qaida in Iraq? A CFR Background Briefing