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Iraqi pollster: ISIS benefits from Sunni dissatisfaction

Iraqi pollster: ISIS benefits from Sunni dissatisfaction

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) --Munqith al-Dagher, an experienced Iraq pollster, said ISIS is benefitting from Sunni dissatisfaction with Iraq's central government in Baghdad.
Alix Hines, Medill News Service
Don't write Iraq off yet

Don't write Iraq off yet

Harlan Ullman: The opportunity lies in quiet, almost Kissinger-like secret diplomacy with Iran, Saudi Arabia and Israel. A grand bargain is the goal.
Harlan Ullman
Fox News to Dick Cheney's face: You got it wrong, sir

Fox News to Dick Cheney's face: You got it wrong, sir

NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) --Appearing on Fox News, Dick and Lynn Cheney were grilled by Megyn Kelly regarding the war and current insurgency in Iraq.
Matt Bradwell
Disinformation and misinformation

Disinformation and misinformation

An Iraqi defector seeking to reunite with his girlfriend and a Jordanian banker fleeing corruption allegations duped the United States into invading Iraq.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Islamist militants attack, seize parts of Tikrit, Iraq

Islamist militants attack, seize parts of Tikrit, Iraq

BAGHDAD, June 11 (UPI) --Islamist militants are reportedly now in control of parts of Tikrit, a city 95 miles north of Baghdad.
JC Finley

Geopolitical amateur hour

Clumsy Western diplomacy triggered amateur hour in critically important Russian diplomacy.
Arnaud de Borchgrave
Petition urges users to demand Dropbox drop Condoleeza Rice from its board

Petition urges users to demand Dropbox drop Condoleeza Rice from its board

SAN FRANCISCO, April 10 (UPI) -- A petition is demanding users ask Dropbox to remove Condoleeza Rice from its board; she was appointed Wednesday to help with privacy and expansion plans.
Ananth Baliga
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By United Press International
Rand Paul accuses Dick Cheney of pushing Iraq war for Halliburton

Rand Paul accuses Dick Cheney of pushing Iraq war for Halliburton

WASHINGTON, April 8 (UPI) -- A video has emerged of Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney of pushing for the Iraq war to benefit his former employer Halliburton.
Aileen Graef
Report: Donald Rumsfeld lies about Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida and 9/11 in Errol Morris documentary

Report: Donald Rumsfeld lies about Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida and 9/11 in Errol Morris documentary

April 2 (UPI) -- Errol Morris' "In The Unknown Known" shows former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lying about Saddam Hussein, al-Qaida and 9/11 in conflicting statements.
Evan Bleier

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, March 20, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, March 17, 2014.
By United Press International

Sanctions and Putin

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- We are about to see whether the successful use of sanctions against Iran can be repeated, and whether they will have sufficient impact to make the Russia of Vladimir Putin draw back from the Ukraine crisis.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Iraqi forces retake building in Tikrit from suicide bombers

TIKRIT, Iraq, March 4 (UPI) -- A standoff in a government building in Tikrit ended Tuesday when Iraqi security forces surrounded the building and freed hostages, a police official said.
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Saddam Hussein
Saddam Hussein was convicted of crimes against humanity in the 1982 killings of 148 people, and sentenced to death by an Iraqi High Tribunal on November 5, 2006. He is shown during a briefing at the Iraqi Forum in Baghdad, December 14, 2003. (UPI Photo/Files)
Wiki

Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti (Arabic: صدام حسين عبد المجيد التكريتي Ṣaddām Ḥusayn ʿAbd al-Maǧīd al-Tikrītī; 28 April 1937 – 30 December 2006) was the fifth President of Iraq, serving in this capacity from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003. A leading member of the revolutionary Ba'ath Party, which espoused a mix of Arab nationalism and Arab socialism, Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to long-term power.

As vice president under the ailing General Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr, and at a time when many groups were considered capable of overthrowing the government, Saddam created security forces through which he tightly controlled conflict between the government and the armed forces. In the early 1970s, Saddam nationalized oil and other industries. The state-owned banks were put under his control, leaving the system eventually insolvent. Through the 1970s, Saddam cemented his authority over the apparatuses of government as oil money helped Iraq's economy to grow at a rapid pace. Positions of power in the country were filled with Sunnis, a minority that made up only a fifth of the population.

Saddam suppressed several movements, particularly Shi'a and Kurdish movements seeking to overthrow the government or gain independence, respectively. Saddam maintained power during the Iran–Iraq War of 1980 through 1988. In 1990 he invaded and looted Kuwait. An international coalition came to free Kuwait in the Gulf War of 1991, but did not end Saddam's rule. Whereas some venerated him for his aggressive stance against Israel, including firing missiles at Israeli targets, he was widely condemned for the brutality of his dictatorship.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Saddam Hussein."
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