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Lawmaker: Reparations 'draining' Iraq

BAGHDAD, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- An Iraqi lawmaker said Kuwait is "draining" Iraq's budget because of reparations payments stemming from Iraq's 1990 invasion.
Biden sees rosy U.S.-Iraq relationship

Biden sees rosy U.S.-Iraq relationship

BAGHDAD, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday the United States is committed to keeping all sorts of experts on hand to help Iraq as U.S. troops pull out.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
By United Press International

Exxon stirs turmoil in Iraq's oil industry

BAGHDAD, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil's controversial oil exploration deal with Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish enclave in the face of Baghdad's objections has intensified a smoldering feud between the central government and the independence-minded Kurds.

Oops: Sweden deports man to wrong country

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Swedish police mistakenly deported an Iranian citizen to Iraq and now he faces 15 years in prison on false citizenship charges, the man's sister said.

Iran -- Not necessarily a nuclear apocalypse

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- History and bold thinking should establish the international reaction to Iran's nuclear ambitions.
HARLAN ULLMAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Exxon oil deal with Kurds shakes Iraq

BAGHDAD, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Exxon Mobil's oil and gas exploration agreement with Iraq's Kurds marks a significan departure by U.S. oilmen amid the current military withdrawal.

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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.
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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)
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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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