Across the twin states people woke up to the reports that U.S. forces had captured Saddam Hussein.
Here in Meridian, Che Rugmer a Marine said, "I would love to see him extradited and tried here, it’s not over but it’s something great for the troops."
Berlean Curtis of Putnam, Alabama said she found out before she got out of bed. "My son told me to get up and stop praying they've got Hussein," exclaimed Curtis.
U.S. Senator Thad Cochran was headed to the Jackson airport from morning of duck hunting in the Mississippi Delta when he realized the announcers on his car radio were discussing Saddam Hussein's arrest. He said he wasn't sure if it was true at, but when he realized it was, he said he felt "relieved".
Saddam Hussein was captured on Saturday night in a small dirt hole in his home town of Tikrit, Iraq. He was taken to an undisclosed location for interrogation by the U.S. and coalition forces.
Sergeant Kathryn Brooks of Natchez a member of 1086th Transportation Company of the Louisiana Army National Guard recently re-turned from duty in Iraq. She says she's still a little skeptical of the identity of the captured man and cautioned the need for troops to keep their guard up.
Members of the Mississippi Congressional delegation who could be reached on Sunday applauded the military for taking Saddam alive.
Meanwhile, in Alabama, Governor Bob Riley said the capture of Saddam Hussein is a "great day" for U.S. troops and the Iraqis. Riley went on to say that there are thousands of Alabamians "serving our country in Iraq right now and they're doing a fantastic job. Hopefully, Saddam's capture brings us much closer to the day when they can come home."
Contributor: Associated Press