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Bombings throughout Iraq kill at least 40; Anbar fighting kills 21

BAGHDAD, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Attacks across Iraq, including three bombings in Baghdad, killed at least 40 people, while fighting in restive Anbar province killed at least 21, police said.

Genocide in Fallujah

STRASBOURG, France, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The unfolding tragedy in the Iraqi city of Fallujah seems to have slipped off the international radar screen as the focus of the global community drifts from Syria to Ukraine and back again.
STRUAN STEVENSON, UPI Outside View Commentator

Judge dismisses oilmen's effort to collect from third parties

HOUSTON, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge has refused to allow two Texas oilmen sued for paying kickbacks to Saddam Hussein to go after third parties they say did the same thing.

Iraq's turmoil likely to grow as Shiite leader Sadr bows out

BAGHDAD, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- As Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki battles to recapture a third town seized by al-Qaida insurgents amid fears Iraq's sliding toward another sectarian civil war, the decision by Shiite religious leader Moqtada al-Sadr to withdraw from politics weeks before parliamentary elections is expected to add to Iraq's swelling crisis.

Search of driver in Israel turns up handgun from Saddam Hussein

KEDMA, Israel, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Israeli police said they found a gun that was given as a gift from deceased Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during a search of a suspect.

Iraqi pipeline attacks raise fears of threat to oil

BAGHDAD, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Fifteen Iraqi soldiers were in an attack this week on a northern army base guarding an oil pipeline, the first assault to involve such high casualties amid concerns that an al-Qaida insurgency in western Iraq is spreading to vital oil-producing regions.

Iraq seeks U.S. air traffic control system as air force grows

BAGHDAD, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Department is seeking congressional approval to sell the nascent Iraqi air force air traffic control and landing systems for four bases, emphasizing Baghdad's drive to establish a fully operational air force within the next few years.

Tensions rise as Iraqi Kurds' oil flows to Turkey

ERBIL, Iraq, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- As Iraqi Kurdistan exports oil northward to Turkey through its own pipeline despitef dire warnings from Baghdad about the consequences of such independent action, the prospect of a collision between Iraq's central government and the semiautonomous Kurds increases.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
By United Press International

Iraq, Iran plot to challenge Saudi domination of OPEC

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Hussein Shahristani, Iraq's energy supremo, says Baghdad's working with Iran to boost their oil exports, a move by these two Shiite-majority powers that could lead to a major challenge of Sunni Saudi Arabia and its domination of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Iraqi government forces make progress in fight against insurgents

BAGHDAD, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Iraqi forces regained control of parts of two cities overrun by militants aligned with al-Qaida after intense fighting that's killed 850, officials said.

U.S. seeks to rescue Iraq's Maliki with $6.2 billion Apache deal

BAGHDAD, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The United States wants to sell Iraq 24 state-of-the-art AH-64E Apache attack helicopters and 500 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles in a $6.2 billion deal to help Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki crush a swelling insurgency led by al-Qaida that threatens his embattled government.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
By United Press International

Gulf Arabs pursue united military command again, allies skeptical

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Saudi Arabia and its five partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council say they're establishing a joint military command to coordinate their defenses, but it remains to be seen whether this will produce the coordinated military procurement that their American protectors are pushing for.

Iraq: Maliki threatens Kurds if they export oil to Turkey

BAGHDAD, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- As if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki didn't have enough problems battling city-grabbing al-Qaida insurgents in western Iraq, his simmering faceoff with independence-minded Kurds in the north over their drive to export oil to neighboring Turkey looks like it's about to boil over as well.
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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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