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 Saddam Hussein

It's worth going over the work the Butcher of Baghdad did for his Texas patrons when he was their butcher:

  • 1979: Seizes power with U.S. approval; moves allegiance from Soviets to U.S. in Cold War.
  • 1980: Invades Iran, then the "Unicycle of Evil," with U.S. encouragement and arms. (In fairness, credit here goes to Nobel Peace Laureate, James Carter.)
  • 1982: Bush-Reagan regime removes Saddam's regime from official U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.
  • 1983: Saddam hosts Donald Rumsfeld in Baghdad. Agrees to "go steady" with U.S. corporate suppliers.
  • 1984: U.S. Commerce Department issues license for export of aflatoxin to Iraq useable in biological weapons.
  • 1988: Gasses Kurds in Halabja, Iraq.
  • 1987-88: U.S. warships destroy Iranian oil platforms in Gulf and break Iranian blockade of Iraq shipping lanes, tipping war advantage back to Saddam.
  • 1990: Invades Kuwait with U.S. permission.

U.S. permission? On July 25, 1990, the dashing dictator met in Baghdad with U.S. Ambassador April Glaspie. When Saddam asked Glaspie if the U.S. would object to an attack on Kuwait over the small emirate's theft of Iraqi oil, the ambassador told him, "We have no opinion.... Secretary [of State James] Baker has directed me to emphasize the instruction ... that Kuwait is not associated with America." Saddam taped her.

Glaspie, in her 1991 Congressional testimony, did not deny the authenticity of the recording, which diplomats worldwide took as a Bush Sr's okay to an Iraqi invasion.

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The crisis between Jordan and Iraq has reached the media, as reports surfaced this week that Baghdad has requested that Amman hand over Raghad Saddam Hussein, the eldest daughter of the late Iraqi president, according to Al-Quds Al-Arabi. Raghad fled to Jordan with her sister, Rana, and their ...
An Iraqi man looks at a list of names published for the first time by the Iraqi security services of the country's sixty most wanted people including members from the Daesh group, al-Qaeda and the former Baath party on Feb. 4, 2018 in Baghdad. (AFP) ...

Raghad, the eldest daughter of former Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, has been declared wanted by the country's security services. She is on the "most wanted list" of 60 people released on Sunday, on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State group, al-Qaeda or the al-Baath party. Raghad has denied ...
Raghad Saddam Hussein responded on Monday by pledging to take legal action against those who have "insulted her". Iraq's government has been seeking to prosecute Ms Hussein since 2006 for allegedly supporting violence in the country. The list echoes the US set of 55 playing cards, released in ...
Saddam Hussein's daughter, Raghad, has vowed to confront all those who "insult her" by suing them back. ... Raghad (C), the daughter of Iraq's late former president Saddam Hussein, attends a memorial service held in the Yemeni capital Sanaa on the 40th day after his execution , 07 February 2007. (AFP).
The Iraqi government has placed the name of late Saddam Hussein's daughter, Raghad, on the most wanted list, together with 59 other individuals. The 60 people are wanted on suspicion of belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), al-Qaeda or the Baath party. The list ...

Not just Roger Federer's hairstyle but more than that has changed since the time he bagged his first ever Grand Slam title in 2003, which was a year of many lasts and some phenomenal firsts. Here's a look at some of the bizarre things that happened when Federer clinched his first Grand Slam title--at ...
Ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein scratches his beard as he listens to the prosecution during the 'Anfal' genocide trial in Baghdad, 20 December 2006. The prosecution presented today new documents as evidence that chemical weapons have been used against civilian Kurds during the 1980's.
It was in a room packed with reporters on Wednesday night that the last serious challenger in the Egyptian presidential elections announced his intention to step down. Khaled Ali, a well-known, left-leaning activist, told the room he could no longer continue the race, citing "many violations" on the part of the ...
Former-dictator Saddam Hussein is known for many things: his reputation as the Butcher Of Baghdad, his mock elections, the war with the US and the UK. However, one facet of Hussein's life which gets less attention is his literary career. Hussein actually wrote four novels during his time in power. These ...
In 2000, brutal Iraqi regime leader Saddam Hussein published a romantic novel. And what says romance like an 160-page allegorical love story written by a dictator? Unsurprisingly Hussein's novel, Zabiba and the King, did not make it on to any bestseller's lists or reach critical acclaim - though it was ...
When you think of words to describe former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, "creative" does not typically come to mind. So you might be surprised to learn that in 2000, Saddam published a romance novel that, 17 years later, remains one of the true deep cuts in the genre of "dictator lit." An English translation ...
He said: "Kim Jong Un, I think, is fearful of ending up like Saddam Hussein or Muammar Gaddafi. "He is terrified that we will do to him what we did to them, and has decided that nuclear weapons are the best way to ward that off." Mr Lewis emphasised the difficulty in assuring the despot leader that signing a ...
Documents never seen before by the public have revealed that at the outbreak of the First Gulf War in 1991, Israel was on the verge of bombing Saddam Hussein's Iraq amid fears the Iraqi dictator might deploy chemical weapons. Israel's Ministry of Defense released documents held until recently in their ...
In a televised speech from the Oval Office, President George H.W. Bush said: "This conflict started August 2nd [1991], when [Saddam Hussein], the dictator of Iraq, invaded a small and helpless neighbor. Kuwait -- a member of the Arab League and a member of the United Nations -- was crushed; its people ...
The 40-metre gun bound for Saddam Hussein? The largest gun in the world, with a range of about 600 miles? "We couldn't pinpoint that it as a gun because it just looked like pipes, but it was so finely bored that it was spotted at Tees Docks. "We had to pick it off with a forklift. A few days later Special Branch ...
The new universities minister risked sparking a diplomatic incident after he invited Saddam Hussein's close ally to speak at the Oxford Union in the late 1990s, it has emerged. Sam Gyimah, the MP East Surrey, experienced his own censorship row when he invited the then Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq to ...

Fayez Kazi, founder and president of Austin-based Civilitude engineers & Planners, brings an inspiring and unconventional background to the world of civil engineering. Born and raised in Kuwait, his family narrowly escaped the invasion of Iraqi forces that aimed to capture the country. Kazi's family wasn't ...
While the Iraqi Ba'ath Party, the Arab supremacist organisation headed by Saddam Hussein until 2003 and not to be confused with the Syrian Ba'ath Party led by Bashar al-Assad, is banned by the Iraqi Constitution, some descendant organisations are still legally active in the country's political scene.
THE eminent throat consultant Professor Arnold Maran, who has died aged 81, was no run-of-the-mill medic. He was always discreet about the many famous people he had treated but it is known he was consulted by Saddam Hussein and his son Uday, Hastings Banda (the former president of Malawi) and ...
He went on to remind the Security Council the US support for Saddam Hussein in the Iran-Iraq war accusing Washington of providing chemical weapons to the late aggressor and "directly engaging" in military confrontation with Iran "in defence of Saddam." Khoshroo also lambasted the US for diverting ...
Dictator Saddam Hussein settled on a strategy designed to undermine the alliance's political underpinnings. Starting on January 18, scud missiles began to rain down cities in Saudi Arabia--and Israeli cities, injuring dozens. Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin would normally have responded to such a ...
The organisation fled Iran, basing itself in Saddam Hussein's Iraq. A 2004 report by the FBI accused the organisation of money-laundering; three years previously the Charity Commission for England and Wales closed down a charity, Iran Aid, run by the group. Mojahedin-e Khalq denies any wrongdoing.
George H. W. Bush exploited the new status in 1991 by launching Iraq war 1.0, Desert Storm, reversing decades of U.S. support for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Prior to the 'Storm, the U.S. supplied weapons to Iraq, including the chemicals Saddam used to gas his own people. The American goal was ...
Rohingya refugees Saddam Hussein, 23, and his wife Shofika Begum, 18, pose in their temporary shelter at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. In most ways, the happiest day of Shofika Begum and Saddam Hussein's lives mirrors that of couples getting married the world over.
It was 11 years ago today that Saddam Hussein was executed after the Iraqi Special Tribunal had convicted him of crimes against humanity - specifically for the murder of 148 Iraq Shi'ites in the town of Dujail in 1982, which was retribution after an assassination attempt against him. Now, thanks to the ...
'As bad as Saddam Hussein' Fury as curling club bans disabled founder for taking wheelchair on ice. John Stevenson, 89, suffers from bone cancer and cannot walk unaided but he has been barred from his favourite sport after attempting to access the ice. Share. By. Record reporter. 05:05, 29 DEC 2017; Updated 17:17, ...
"He has reached a point at which he is like Saddam Hussein in a hole and there is no other chamber to go except to come out. He's got to come out now," said COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota. In a statement the National Assembly said it had "already initiated a process, as part of its overhaul of rules" to put in ...
'As bad as Saddam Hussein' Fury as curling club bans disabled founder for taking wheelchair on ice. John Stevenson, 89, suffers from bone cancer and cannot walk unaided but he has been barred from his favourite sport after attempting to access the ice. Share. By. Record reporter. 05:05, 29 DEC 2017; Updated 17:17, ...
People attend a wedding party for Rohingya refugees Saddam Hussein, 23, and Shofika Begum, 18, at the Kutupalong camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 11, ... In most ways, the happiest day of Shofika Begum and Saddam Hussein's lives mirrors that of couples getting married the world over.
This unsourced picture shows ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein at an unknown location in Iraq following his capture by US troops Dec. 13, 2003, in an ... In 2003, Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. forces while hiding in a hole under a farmhouse in Adwar, Iraq, near his hometown of Tikrit. Ten years ...
He has also been Saddam Hussein in a new television series coming out next year, called The Dictator's Playbook. It also features segments on Idi Amin, Kim Jong il (father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un) and Benito Mussolini. What he is really looking forward to though is his role in A ...
"The problem was, Saddam Hussein needed propaganda clips and [war] hymns in order to encourage the national army and the people to fight the Americans. But his intelligence services couldn't find a qualified sound engineer, composer or beatmaker." So it was that Studio Hikmet became his gilded ...
"I extend my condolences to the family of the martyr Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his daughter Balqis, his son Ahmad, and to the family who supported the martyred President Saddam Hussein, his family, and Iraq and many Iraqis after the occupation. Despite all that has happened and will happen, our faith lays in ...
In reaction to his death, Saddam's daughter called him a 'martyr', wished him peace and mercy, and offered condolences over his martyrdom, a Farsi report by Mehr said on Tuesday. Ali Abdullah Saleh was a long-time ally of Saddam Hussein and supported him both in the war he imposed on Iran during ...
Iraqi security services have included the daughter of the late Saddam Hussein on its most wanted list, along with 59 other individuals. Authorities say the 60 people are wanted on suspicion of belonging to ISIS, al-Qaeda, or the the former Iraqi regime's Baath party, reports AFP. Raghad Saddam Hussein ...
When you think of words to describe former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, "creative" does not typically come to mind. So you might be surprised to learn that in 2000, Saddam published a romance novel that, 17 years later, remains one of the true deep cuts in the genre of "dictator lit." An English translation ...
Between smoking cigars, decorating his extravagant palaces and ruling Iraq with an iron fist, it seems that the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein also found time to publish at least one work of romantic fiction. Zabiba and the King, a 160-page allegorical love story set near Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, Iraq, ...
"Saddam Hussein [former Iraqi Dictator], despite all the power he had, never put conditions on negotiations, and instead, first convened with the party in question to discuss." Abdulla stated that it is possible for both Erbil and Baghdad to disagree on some issues, but asserted that imposing pre-conditions was an indication ...
Australia also is believed to have worked on a weapon design, as did Iraq under Saddam Hussein. The real challenge is getting the uranium or plutonium needed to make the design a reality. "The hard part is creating the nuclear fuel. That requires a nation-state," Coster-Mullen says. For all its limitations, ...
Homo's mother left after his father was shot to death while driving a cab in Baghdad before the U.S. invasion in 2003. His siblings followed her during the next decade. Life already was tough under Saddam Hussein, Homo said, but it became even more difficult to survive as ISIS took over vast swaths of Iraq ...
He has also been Saddam Hussein in a new television series coming out next year, called The Dictator's Playbook. It also features segments on Idi Amin, Kim Jong il (father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un) and Benito Mussolini. What he is really looking forward to though is his role in A ...
"The problem was, Saddam Hussein needed propaganda clips and [war] hymns in order to encourage the national army and the people to fight the Americans. But his intelligence services couldn't find a qualified sound engineer, composer or beatmaker." So it was that Studio Hikmet became his gilded ...
There's a peculiar tendency among many progressives and leftists to blame the United States for all the world's ills. Consider Iraq: In the wake of the ouster of Saddam Hussein, critics of American actions suggested that the United States had killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. The only problem, with ...
"Does he get killed like Muammar Gaddafi? Does he get put on trial like Saddam Hussein? What happens to him? What happens to the people around him who have made a killing on government contracts and other corrupt dealings? What happens to them? The point is to stay in power as long as he can, ...
Hours before Mr. Abadi's speech, a bomb suspected of being planted by insurgents exploded in the center of Tikrit, the hometown of former President Saddam Hussein and an area of antigovernment activity for many years, before the creation of the Islamic State's so-called caliphate. Among the urgent ...
"I extend my condolences to the family of the martyr Ali Abdullah Saleh, to his daughter Balqis, his son Ahmad, and to the family who supported the martyred President Saddam Hussein, his family, and Iraq and many Iraqis after the occupation. Despite all that has happened and will happen, our faith lays in ...
To change the controversy, change the question. In July 2003, Joseph C Wilson, a former US ambassador, wrote a New York Times article casting serious doubt on President Bush's claim that Saddam Hussein had been seeking uranium in Niger. This posed the question: why did we go to war in Iraq?
The former, starting as Operation Provide Comfort and transitioning into Northern Watch, was commanded by U.S. European Command and aimed primarily at protecting the Kurdish minority of the region from Saddam Hussein's brutal campaign of oppression. The latter, Operation Southern Watch, was ...
... theater in Aurora, Colorado, Ross incorrectly reported that the suspect was a local Tea Party leader with the same name as the actual shooter. He later retracted the report. In 2001, Ross erroneously linked anthrax used in attacks in Washington and New York with Iraq and its leader, Saddam Hussein.


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U.S. documents published in today's Saddam Hussein Sourcebook quote Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in 1975 telling the Iraqi foreign minister "we do not think there is a basic clash of national interests between Iraq and the United States" (the Iraqi disagreed), and that Israeli influence on U.S. policy would diminish given "our new electoral law" which means "the influence of some who financed the elections before isn't so great."

The newly declassified briefing notes for special envoy Donald Rumsfeld's second trip to Baghdad in March 1984 reveal Rumsfeld's instructions to reinforce the message of U.S. interest in improved relations "at a pace of Iraq's own choosing," and to emphasize that U.S. criticism of Saddam's chemical weapons use versus Iran was not meant as a pro-Iranian or anti-Iraq gesture. Saturday, December 20, marks the 20th anniversary of Rumsfeld's famous handshake meeting with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.
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