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Museum rejects Saddam's toilet

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A Missouri museum receiving the door from Saddam Hussein's prison cell said it is declining to display the Iraqi dictator's toilet.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.
By United Press International
Bush: 3rd plane was 'declaration of war'

Bush: 3rd plane was 'declaration of war'

WICHITA, Kan., Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Former U.S. President George W. Bush says he thought the first plane attack on Sept. 11, 2001, was "an accident" but the third was "a declaration of war."

$1 billion dolled out for Kuwait invasion

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A U.N. compensation commission announced it disbursed more than $1 billion to settle damage claims from losses incurred by Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Iraq reconstruction funds accounted for

WASHINGTON, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Nearly $6.6 billion in funds for Iraq reconstruction that had been missing has been accounted for in a U.S. audit, officials said.
Papers show Saddam saw plots everywhere

Papers show Saddam saw plots everywhere

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Saddam Hussein ordered the execution of some of his pilots during Iraq's long war with Iran and the hanging of an Iranian-born journalist, papers show.

Stupidity may be the answer

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Will Rogers once theorized that stupidity got to us into a mess so perhaps stupidity is the only way out. Would that work for 21st-century problems?
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Gadhafi dead at 73; Reagan called him a madman

Gadhafi dead at 73; Reagan called him a madman

TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was called everything from a Barbary pirate to the king of international terrorism, an infantile nitwit and a religious fanatic.
Oil blitz 'Iraq's most dangerous moment'

Oil blitz 'Iraq's most dangerous moment'

BAGHDAD, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Iraq's drive to expand its oil and gas industry is becoming dependent on the government's ability to ensure security and that looks to be a serious problem.
Energy company wary of Iraqi oil auction

Energy company wary of Iraqi oil auction

BAGHDAD, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Iraq aims to boost its oil production capabilities with its next round of auctions next year, though at least one company said the terms "are not ideal."
Political acts of insanity

Political acts of insanity

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- One symptom of insanity is repeating the same action and expecting a different outcome. Cynics often accuse the United States of falling into that trap in conducting its foreign policy.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Saddam look-alike nixes porn job, attacked

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt, Oct. 10 (UPI) -- An Egyptian man alleges a gang tried to kidnap him and force him to film pornographic videos because of his resemblance to despot Saddam Hussein.
Iraq withholds immunity for U.S. troops

Iraq withholds immunity for U.S. troops

BAGHDAD, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- Iraq is reluctant to offer legal immunity to U.S. troops who stay in the country to help with the rebuilding effort, political observers said.

Iraq finally signs up for F-16 jets

BAGHDAD, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Iraq's purchase of 18 F-16 Block 52 jets from Lockheed Martin will give the country's nascent postwar air force its first combat capability.
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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)

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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