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Former Army Soldier Stops In Kennewick To Talk About Capturing Saddam Hussein

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell was in Iraq in 2003. He made a stop at the Red Lion Hotel in Kennewick on Saturday night

He talked to many in the community about his experiences during the war. Russell commanded the 1st. Battalion of the 22nd Infantry.

He told us he had close to 1,000 soldiers under his command, many of who were involved in the search and capture of Saddam Hussein. Russell says the soldiers in Iraq have come a long way from the beginning of the war, a job that should be honored by the future president.

"We have to have a leader that is going to allow the soldiers to finish the job, whoever that may be, it would be a mistake to have gained so much and then throw it all away when we know we could have had it won," said Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell.

Russell has received many honors during his time in the Army. He's now retired and travels around the country sharing his stories. All the profits from Saturday night's event went to Operation Thank You.

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