North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il was commemerated in the North Korean capitol of Pyongyang on Dec. 28, 2011. Crowds of wailing citizens lined the streets as his body was driven through the city, and his son and successor Kim Jong Un made a rare public appearance.
With the first national GOP presidential caucus looming ahead on Jan. 3, 2012, the candidates are hitting the road in Iowa looking to raise their profile, their standing in the polls and their chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination.
The last remaining U.S. airmen left Iraq per the Iraq and U.S. 2008 Security Agreement that required all U.S. service members to be out of the country by Dec. 31, 2011. Since 2003, more than 1 million airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines have served in Iraq.
With the recent deaths of North Korean despot Kim Jong-il and Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, take a look back at some of the men whose iron grips on their countries regrettably shaped the 20th and 21st centuries.
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