In a small, dark room somewhere in Iraq, John Nixon is about to come face to face with one of history’s most notorious dictators. So it is that he approaches a bedraggled-looking man with a wild beard, sitting without shackles or restraints. Is this really the most wanted person in the world?
Saddam Hussein became Iraq’s president in 1979, and during his time as leader the Middle Eastern country made many enemies around the world. Then, when U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, Saddam and his supporters withdrew to the capital, Baghdad.
Later, on April 9, millions tuned in to watch a group of U.S. Marines topple a 39-foot statue of Saddam in Baghdad’s Firdos Square. The Iraqi government had fallen – and its leader subsequently disappeared.