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TIME TRIP

PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
Current Events;9/19/2003, Vol. 103 Issue 3, p2
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Saddam Hussein, former dictator of Iraq, was born in 1937 in a village near the Iraqi town of Tikrit. His family lived in a mud hut and was so poor that as a boy, Saddam had to steal eggs and chickens so that his family could eat. In college, Saddam joined the revolutionary Baath Party, a political movement dedicated to uniting all Arabs under one government. In the 1950's, he joined a Baath plot to kill Iraq's leader, Gen. Abdul Karim Kassem. The plot failed. The other rebels were executed, but Saddam escaped. When Kassem was murdered in 1963, Saddam returned to Iraq. By 1968, he was the second most important man in the Iraqi government, led by Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr. On July 16, 1979, al-Bakr resigned and Saddam took power in Iraq. He stacked the government with family members, including his two sons Uday and Qusay Hussein, and created a network of secret police to protect and ensure his power. Last spring, Saddam's forces proved no match for the U.S. and coalition troops, who at press time had yet to discover Saddam's whereabouts.
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10789016

 

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