The Life and Death of Saddam Hussein

The Iraq War began with a failed attack on Saddam, but it didn’t end with his execution.

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1957: A 20-year-old Hussein joins the Iraqi Regional Branch of the Arab Socialist Ba‘ath Party. The same year, he is arrested for murdering his communist brother-in-law and spends six months in prison. 1959: Hussein participates in a Ba‘athist assassination attempt on the Iraqi military leader General Abd al-Karim Qasim. Hussein is forced to flee Iraq […]

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