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CIA Interrogator: At Time of U.S. Invasion, Saddam Hussein Was Focused on Writing Novel

Today in history:

On the 13th of December 2003, Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was captured near his hometown of Tikrit, during Operation Red Dawn by US forces.

Full Name: Saddam Hussein
Nationality: Iraqi
Profession: Iraqi President

[…] A member of the Ba’ath political party, he was instrumental in its rise to power in Iraq in 1968. Throughout the 1970s he consolidated his power in the country, before formally taking over in 1979. His policies espoused a mixture of Arab nationalism and socialism.

Hussein’s dictatorship was exceptionally brutal, with the total number of deaths from purges and genocide conservatively estimated at a quarter of a million people. In 1980 he invaded neighboring Iran which started an ruinous eight-year war that led to no border changes and hundreds of thousands of war dead on both sides. In 1990 he started the Gulf War by invading and annexing Kuwait before being removed by an international coalition led by the United States.

Through the 1990s Iraq suffered from UN sanctions and isolation. Beginning in the early 2000s under the presidency of George W. Bush, Hussein was accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction and was deposed in a 2003 invasion. Though no weapons were found, he was tried of crimes against humanity and executed in 2006.

Born: April 28, 1937
Star Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Al-Awja, Iraq

Died: December 30, 2006 (aged 69)
Cause of Death: Execution by hanging

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