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# Saddam Hussein

All time
# 1987 state papers
'Iraq owes us £5m': Ireland's prep ahead of a 1987 visit from one of Saddam's 'Dirty Dozen'
Departmental notes express concern about getting back the £5 million owed to Ireland in export payments.
# Crazy and Hussein
Donald Trump praises Saddam Hussein for 'killing off terrorists'
“He was a bad guy — really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good.”
# Iraq
Saddam Hussein's right-hand man dies before execution
Tariq Aziz wasn’t hanged because the Vatican asked for a pardon as he was Christian.
# Tikrit
Saddam Hussein's tomb destroyed amid fighting... but his body might not be there
The tomb was levelled during heaving fighting for Tikrit.
# Ethnic Cleansing
Europe must do more to stop Islamic State 'slaughter' in Iraq - Irish MEP
“Toppling Saddam was the easy bit from a western perspective.”
# Iraq
Iraqi troops launch major operation against IS fighters over Saddam's hometown
Meanwhile, Washington insists it is not ‘on the same page’ as Syria in their fight against Islamic State militants.
Opinion: An opponent like ISIS cannot be defeated through standard military action
Conventional military action by America, along the lines of their previous tactics in Iraq, will be ineffective in defeating ISIS.
# Insurgency
Iraq receives delivery of Russian warplanes... but it might not have any pilots to fly them
The only pilots with experience of the jets are those from Saddam Hussein’s air force.
# State Papers
Charles Haughey wanted to meet Saddam Hussein in 1978 - Saddam declined
Accompanied by Liam Lawlor, Haughey was there to arrange medical cooperation between the two countries.
# Saddam Hussein
'I didn't see any signs of fear,'- The man who oversaw Saddam's execution speaks
In an exclusive interview with AFP, Mowaffak al-Rubaie talks about the process of putting the Iraqi dictator to death.
# Iraq
10 years ago today: Saddam's statue topples in Baghdad
It was on April 9, 2003, that the 12-metre-tall statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down from Firdos Square.
# America
'Stormin Norman' Schwarzkopf dies at 78
The US general led Operation Desert Storm during the 1991 Gulf War.
# Iraq War
Blair and Bush should face trial over Iraq war: Tutu
Tutu said the invasion of Iraq left the world more destabilised and divided than any other conflict in history and had “hardened hearts and minds of members of the human family across the world”.
# Iraq
Saddam Hussein's secretary executed in Iraq
A justice ministry spokesperson says Abid Hamid Mahmud was executed today “for genocide”.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the week’s writing from around the web.
# True Story
Real life: 9 of the most daring robberies of all time
They may sounds like Ocean’s 14 to 22 sequels but these heists aren’t in the movies…they actually happened.
# Basra
Bomb kills 30 pilgrims in Iraq
It is still unclear if the blast was caused by a suicide attacker or roadside bomb.
# Iraq
Iraq VP blames Prime Minister for violence
As violence in Iraq escalates, the already-fragile governing coalition is on shaky ground.
# mission accomplished
Obama marks the end of the Iraq war
Obama didn’t try to declare victory in the decade-old war but applauded the “extraordinary achievement” of US troops in the region.
# Nando's
'Dictators' come on board for Nando's latest ad offering
What happens when you’re the last dictator standing? You don’t get to share a Nando’s meal with friends, that’s what…
# Libya
New granddaughter for Gaddafi after family flees to Algeria
Former UN Goodwill Ambassador Aisha Gaddafi, who was part of Saddam Hussein’s legal defence team in 2003, gave birth to a baby girl in Algeria today.
# Iraq
Final British forces withdraw from Iraq
Today British forces officially leave Iraq – after eight years of armed conflict that deeply divided opinion across the world.
# Bin Laden
X marks the spot for Bin Laden's TIME cover
The weekly newsmagazine is releasing a special issue to mark the death of Osama bin Laden – the latest in the ‘X series’.
# In Numbers
In numbers: Bin Laden, September 11, and the War on Terror
3,520 days between the September 11 attacks and bin Laden’s death – with up to a million civilian deaths in between.
# Saddam Hussein
Sacha Baron Cohen to play Saddam Hussein
Ali G, Brüno and Borat star will play fictional version of Iraqi leader, using best-selling romance novel as inspiration.
# Iraq Inquiry
Tony Blair appears for second time at Iraq war inquiry
Blair reappears at the Chilcot Inquiry to explain why he ignored legal advice concerning the invasion of Iraq – and why he believed the “calculus of risk” has changed in a post-9/11 world.
# Tariq Aziz
Saddam Hussein's right-hand-man given death sentence
A high tribunal in Iraq passes the sentence for one of Hussein’s most trusted deputies for involvement in killing Shiites.
# Iraq
Iraq agrees to pay compensation to US
American claims win $400m pay-out.
# Iraq
In numbers: the end of American combat troops in Iraq
2710 days. 4,415 military casualties. 0 weapons of mass destruction.