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Report: Islamic State is training pilots

Report: Islamic State is training pilots

LONDON, Oct. 17 (UPI) --The Islamic State has three captured Syrian fighter planes and is training pilots to use them, a British group monitoring Syria reported.
Ed Adamczyk
POTUS' uncertain trumpet

POTUS' uncertain trumpet

WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 (UPI) --Airpower alone against asymmetric warfare simply forces the enemy to change strategy and tactics. IS has done so and is now ten miles from Baghdad.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Three big bets to defeat IS

Three big bets to defeat IS

To defeat the Islamic State, three big bets must pay-off. First, President Barack Obama must have grown in office. Second is that Secretary of State John Kerry will be given the authority to execute the strategy. And third is that Iraq understands that it is in a fight to the death with IS.
Harlan Ullman
Moccasins instead of boots?

Moccasins instead of boots?

President Obama appears determined to avoid sending U.S. boots back to Iraq. But there is no alternative short of disengagement -- and turning the mission over.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Iraq, Kuwait deepen oil ties

Iraq, Kuwait deepen oil ties

BAGHDAD, Sept. 23 (UPI) --The Iraqi Oil Ministry welcomed a delegation from Kuwait to discuss ways in which the two countries could expand bilateral ties in the energy sector.
Daniel J. Graeber
UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

UPI Almanac for Monday, Sept. 22, 2014
By United Press International
Geopolitical fumbles

Geopolitical fumbles

Gen. John R. Allen, Ret.: "It is about the region and potentially the world as we know it." U.S. bombing alone is a recipe for failure.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Obama's fatal strategic flaw?

Obama's fatal strategic flaw?

IS is not Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union. It is a clear and present danger. And the absence of a comprehensive strategy will only make that danger worse.
Harlan Ullman
Remembering Schwarzkopf and Operation Desert Storm

Remembering Schwarzkopf and Operation Desert Storm

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) --Friday marks the birthday of Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf (1932-2012), leader of the U.S. Central Command and planner of Operation Desert Storm.
Ed Adamczyk
Who is the new Iraqi prime minister?

Who is the new Iraqi prime minister?

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Aug. 17 (UPI) --Haider Al-Abadi, simply put, he's the man who's going to save Iraq from an orgy of violence. Or at least he's going to try.
Claude Salhani
UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

On this date in history: Richard Nixon was nominated ... and announced his resignation.
By United Press International
Back to square one

Back to square one

Arnaud de Borchgrave: Chaos and anarchy and religious extremism are spreading from Libya to Iraq, moving into the vacuum of retreating U.S. military power.
Arnaud de Borchgrave, UPI Editor at Large
Chris Brown's neighbor threatens to shoot him for trespassing

Chris Brown's neighbor threatens to shoot him for trespassing

LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) --Chris Brown's new neighbor is prepared to use legal force if the troubled singer ever steps onto his property.
Veronica Linares
ISIS threatens to kill Christians in Mosul who don't convert

ISIS threatens to kill Christians in Mosul who don't convert

BAGHDAD, July 18 (UPI) --ISIS distributed leaflets to Christian leaders in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul this week, threatening violence if they don't convert or pay extra taxes.
JC Finley

NATO's weakest flank and softest underbelly -- and what to do about it

Harlan Ullman: Intimidation, terror, propaganda and political strategies to subvert are the new vulnerable flanks and soft underbellies of NATO.
Harlan Ullman
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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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