Saddam Hussein

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Saddam's 'Red Devil' Is Reportedly Dead

Ba'ath Party announces death of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's former right-hand man and one of the most wanted men in the world has been reported dead. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the former vice chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council who was promoted to head of the Ba'ath Party after Hussein's execution and evaded capture even...

Trump Slams Admiral Who Got bin Laden
Trump Doubles Down
on bin Laden Assertion
the rundown

Trump Doubles Down on bin Laden Assertion

After comments on William McRaven, says 'of course' we should have gotten him earlier

(Newser) - Adm. William H. McRaven is a distinguished retired Navy SEAL and special ops commander who led the raids that led to the capture of Saddam Hussein and the death of Osama bin Laden. President Trump, however, dismissed McRaven in his interview Sunday with Fox News as an "Obama backer"...

Saddam Hussein's Swanky Superyacht Now a Hotel for Sailors
Saddam's Superyacht
Gets a New Use

Saddam's Superyacht Gets a New Use

Basrah Breeze will be used as a hotel of sorts, for sailors

(Newser) - Saddam Hussein's swanky superyacht , built for the Iraqi dictator in 1981 but never actually boarded by him, has a new use: It's a sailors' hotel, to be used by the sea pilots who guide shipping in and out of Iraq's port at Basra, many of whom live...

Saddam Hussain Is Struggling to Find a Job

He was named for the dictator, and it's not going well

(Newser) - Saddam Hussain's name is making it difficult for him to get a job. "People are scared to hire me," the 25-year-old Indian marine engineer tells the Hindustan Times . Hussain was, yes, named for that Saddam Hussein; the name was given to him by his grandfather. It turned...

Saddam Interrogator Leading Fort Lauderdale Investigation

George Piro met with Saddam daily, worked to gain his trust

(Newser) - The FBI agent who interrogated Saddam Hussein alone for months after the former Iraqi leader's capture is now leading the investigation into the Florida airport shooting rampage blamed on an Iraq war veteran. George Piro, special agent in charge of the FBI's Miami field office, was Saddam's...

No, Trump, Saddam Wasn't 'Good' at Killing Terrorists

Fact Checker gives him 4 Pinocchios on that one

(Newser) - Earlier this week, Donald Trump repeated a statement he's made before about Saddam Hussein: "He was a bad guy. Really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good." Well, the Fact Checker blog at the Washington Post has...

Trump Praises Saddam at Campaign Rally

'Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism'

(Newser) - In scenes that would probably have confounded time travelers from as recently as last year, the presumptive GOP nominee for president praised Saddam Hussein in front of an enthusiastic crowd Tuesday night. Saddam was a "really bad guy," Donald Trump told a rally in Raleigh, NC, per the...

The Story Behind Saddam's Supergun

Gerald Bull was assassinated after designing it

(Newser) - In the 1980s, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was amassing an impressive arsenal. The crown jewel of the collection would have been Big Babylon—a supergun designed to fire a projectile of more than 1,300 pounds from Iraq into Kuwait or Iran. But the supergun, which was being developed by...

Blair: Yes, Iraq War Led to Rise of ISIS

But former PM contends that toppling Saddam was still the right thing to do

(Newser) - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said the US-led invasion of Iraq was partly responsible for the emergence of the Islamic State in the Middle East. But he insisted that toppling dictator Saddam Hussein had been the right thing to do. Blair told CNN that "there are elements...

US Fears ISIS Is Using Saddam's Old Weapons

Chemical agent used against Kurdish forces

(Newser) - Gassing Iraqi Kurds was considered one of Saddam Hussein's most heinous crimes, and American officials now suspect that ISIS is doing the exact same thing—and it may be using Saddam's old weapons. Officials believe the militants used mustard gas, a chemical weapon banned worldwide in 1993, against...

Saddam Henchman Tariq Aziz Dead at 79: Report

Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday, Iraqi officials say

(Newser) - Tariq Aziz, who during his years as Iraq's foreign minister and deputy prime minister was one of Saddam Hussein's close advisers, has died at the age of 79, the BBC reports. Iraqi officials say Aziz suffered a heart attack yesterday at the Iraqi prison where he had been...

Iraq: We Killed Saddam's 'King of Clubs'

Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri is dead, officials say

(Newser) - The "king of clubs" is dead, according to a report on Iraqi state TV. Iraqi officials appearing on TV said Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri was killed by Iraqi government forces in a security operation east of Tikrit early today. The government issued a graphic photo it says shows al-Douri's...

Battle Destroys Saddam's Tomb
 Battle Destroys 
 Saddam's Tomb 

Battle Destroys Saddam's Tomb

Fight for Tikrit intensifies

(Newser) - The tomb of Iraq's late dictator Saddam Hussein has been virtually leveled in heavy clashes between ISIS militants and Iraqi forces in a fight for control of the city of Tikrit. Fighting intensified to the north and south of Saddam Hussein's hometown yesterday as Iraqi security forces vowed...

Saddam Hussein's Body Moved in Secret

It's in a 'safer place,' says Sunni tribal leader

(Newser) - After being hanged in 2006, Saddam Hussein was buried some 95 miles north of Baghdad, in his birthplace of Awja. His body is no longer there: A member of his Sunni tribe tells Reuters they whisked his remains out of the family plot eight months ago, amid concerns that Shiite...

ISIS Grabs Saddam's Old Chemical Weapons Site

US officials say it's useless by now

(Newser) - The facility outside Baghdad where Saddam Hussein cooked up his chemical weapons is now in the hands of extremists trying to take over the country, reports the Wall Street Journal . The good news is that the al-Muthanna facility has been mothballed for so long that US officials don't think...

'Bone Sleuth' Clyde Snow Dead at 86
 'Bone Sleuth' 
 Clyde Snow 
 Dead at 86 

'Bone Sleuth' Clyde Snow Dead at 86

The forensic anthropologist identified skeletons far and wide

(Newser) - Clyde Snow, an upbeat chainsmoker who spent his life probing skeletons for their secrets—including proof they had been brutally murdered—died Friday at the age of 86, the New York Times reports. The causes were emphysema and cancer, his wife said. Officially a forensic anthropologist, Snow traveled far and...

Kerry: Kim Jong Un 'Reckless' Like Saddam
 Kerry: Kim Jong Un 
 'Reckless' Like Saddam 

Kerry: Kim Jong Un 'Reckless' Like Saddam

Secretary says recent purging reminiscent of Iraqi dictator

(Newser) - John Kerry looks at Kim Jong Un's execution of his uncle and sees shades of another infamous dictator using bloody ruthlessness to secure his grip on power: Saddam Hussein. "You saw the pictures of his uncle being arrested in front of everybody at this meeting," Kerry said...

US Helped Saddam Gas Iran
 US Helped Saddam Gas Iran 

US Helped Saddam Gas Iran

CIA files reveal that 4 chemical weapon attacks relied on US intel

(Newser) - The US may be outraged by Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons, but its hands aren't exactly clean of gas or blood. Newly declassified CIA documents prove that the US gave intelligence to Saddam Hussein, including satellite imagery, Iranian troop locations, and more, that was used to plan...

US, UK Knew Iraq Had No WMDs: Report

New report alleges that MI6, CIA ignored vital intel

(Newser) - Days before the September 2002 dossier on Iraqi weapons that Tony Blair used to justify sending British troops to join the US in Iraq, an MI6 officer met with Iraq's head of intelligence and was told that Saddam Hussein had no active weapons of mass destruction, according to an...

Alps Murder Victim Had Saddam Hussein's Money
Alps Murder Victim Had Saddam Hussein's Money
police say

Alps Murder Victim Had Saddam Hussein's Money

Saad Al-Hilli held part of the secret stash: German police

(Newser) - The British engineer killed in the French Alps may have been murdered for holding some of Saddam Hussein's private fortune, the Telegraph reports. German secret police have given French authorities evidence to that effect to help in their investigation of Iraqi-born Saad Al-Hilli, who was killed on September 5...

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