Saddam Hussein

  • Iraq army retakes Saddam Hussein's home village from Islamist rebels July 4, 2014

    Baghdad: The Iraqi army drove Sunni insurgents out of late dictator Saddam Hussein's home village, state media and police said, part of a campaign to retake wide areas of northern and western Iraq overrun by the rebels. The al Qaida splinter group leading the insurgency has declared a medievalstyle Islamic caliphate...
  • Blair: 2003 invasion not to blame for Iraq crisis June 15, 2014

    London: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says the West's failure to intervene in Syria is to blame for the violent insurgency in neighbouring Iraq and not the 2003 invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. In an essay issued today, Blair called for Western countries to intervene in Syria, though he did...
  • Iraq: After Mosul, terrorists gain partial control over Tikrit June 12, 2014

    A day after taking over Mosul, Iraq's secondlargest city, terrorists have gained near complete control of the northern city of Tikrit. Heavy fighting erupted inside Tikrit, the hometown of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, and terrorists have reportedly taken over a military base as well. The Turkish consulate in Mosul...
  • UN investigative team visits Iran exile camp hit by killings September 2, 2013

    A United Nations investigative team, on Monday, visited a contentious Iranian dissident camp in Iraq where multiple residents were killed on Sunday in unclear circumstances, as the Iraqi government pledged to launch its own probe into the bloodshed. The facts of what happened at Camp Ashraf are in dispute, including the...
  • Assad same as Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, says John Kerry September 2, 2013

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has now joined the likes of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler and Iraq's Saddam Hussein by using chemical weapons against his own people, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday. "Bashar al-Assad now joins a list that has Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein as those who...
  • Iraq denies halting services to Iranian exile camp August 26, 2013

    An Iranian dissident group has accused the Iraqi authorities of cutting off water and electricity to a contested northern camp used by its members, a charge the Iraqi government denied on Sunday. The duelling accounts over services are the latest twist in a long-running dispute between the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq dissident group and...
  • Russia warns US not to repeat the 'past mistakes' in Syria August 26, 2013

    Russia warned the United States on Sunday against repeating past mistakes, saying that any unilateral military action in Syria would undermine efforts for peace and have a devastating impact on the security situation in the Middle East. The Russian Foreign Ministry said its statement was a response to US actions to...
  • Syria war widens rift between Shi'ite clergy in Iraq, Iran July 21, 2013

    Najaf: The civil war in Syria is widening a rift between top Shi'ite Muslim clergy in Iraq and Iran who have taken opposing stands on whether or not to send followers into combat on President Bashar alAssad's side. Competition for leadership of the Shi'ite community has intensified since the USled invasion...
  • Bombs hit Iraq funeral and football stadium, killing 22 June 29, 2013

    Ramadi: A series of bombs near a bakery, at a funeral, inside a senior police officer's car and at a football stadium killed at least 22 people across Iraq on Friday, police and medics said. The violence is part of a trend of increasing militant attacks since the start of the...
  • Assad regime used chemical weapons in Syria: France June 5, 2013

    Amman: France said on Tuesday it had performed tests that proved President Bashar alAssad's forces had used nerve gas in Syria's civil war, a "red line" that the United States and other countries have repeatedly said would demand a response. Washington separately said it would deploy Patriot missiles and F16 fighter...
  • Attacks in Iraq kill over 40, sectarian tensions high May 22, 2013

    Baghdad: A series of bomb and gun attacks across Iraq killed more than 40 people on Tuesday, a day after over 70 died in violence targeting majority Shi'ites that has stoked fears of allout sectarian war with minority Sunnis. Nearly 300 people have been killed in the past week as sectarian...
  • Iraq: Series of car bombs kills at least 31 May 20, 2013

    Baghdad: At least 20 people were killed by a series of car bombs in mainly Shiite districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, on Monday and 11 others were killed by attacks in the southern city of Basra, police and medics said. Scores of people have been killed in attacks over the...
  • Iraq: Two blasts outside Sunni Muslim mosque kill 76 May 18, 2013

    Baghdad: Bombs struck Sunni areas in Baghdad and surrounding areas on Friday, killing at least 76 people in the deadliest day in Iraq in more than eight months, officials said, as a spike in violence has raised fears the country could be on the path to a new round of...
  • Iraq War 10th anniversary: Watch the iconic moments of the conflict March 17, 2013

    Sunday, March 17, marks 10 years since the beginning of the Iraq war, during which the NATO forces overthrew the regime of Saddam Hussein after a brutal conflict. ...
  • US: Desert Storm commander H Norman Schwarzkopf dies December 28, 2012

    Washington: Truth is, retired Gen H Norman Schwarzkopf didn't care much for his popular "Stormin' Norman" nickname. The seemingly nononsense Desert Storm commander's reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that roughandready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in Tampa, Fla, at age 78 of...
  • Saddam lookalike threatened to act in porn film September 15, 2012

    London: An Egyptian lookalike of slain Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein has claimed he was threatened by a gang which wanted him to impersonate the leader in a pornographic film, a media report said. Mohamed Bishr, from Alexandria, said the Iraqi gang wanted to sell the video as exclusive erotic footage of...
  • Bombs hit Shi'ite pilgrims in Iraq, kill 15 January 10, 2012

    Baghdad: Two bombs exploded near Shi'ite pilgrims travelling through Iraq's capital on Monday, killing at least 15 people and wounding 52 others, police and hospital sources said. Thousands of Shi'ites are making the annual pilgrimage to the holy city of Kerbala for the Arbain religious rite amid Iraq's worst political crisis...
  • Sneak peek: 'The Dictator' January 2, 2012

    Sacha Baron Cohen's 'The Dictator' is said to be inspired by the novel 'Zabibah and the King' by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. ...
  • US formally ends Iraq war with little fanfare December 16, 2011

    Baghdad: Nearly nine years after American troops stormed across the Iraq border in a blaze of shock and awe, US officials quietly ended the bloody and bitterly divisive conflict in Baghdad on Thursday, but the debate over whether it was worth the cost in money and lives is yet unanswered. While...
  • US military marks end to nearly 9 years in Iraq December 16, 2011

    Baghdad: US forces formally ended their nineyear war in Iraq on Thursday with a low key flag ceremony in Baghdad, while to the north flickering violence highlighted ethnic and sectarian strains threatening the country in years ahead. "After a lot of blood spilled by Iraqis and Americans, the mission of an...
  • Watch: Sacha Baron Cohen in 'The Dictator' December 15, 2011

    New Delhi: Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator is said to be inspired by the novel 'Zabibah and the King' by Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The film is expected to be released in May 2012. The official trailer of the film has been released. Larry Charles has directed the film. Most of...
  • Iraq: Last of US troops prepare to pullout December 6, 2011

    New Delhi: The last American troops in Iraq are preparing for their complete withdrawal by the end of the month. This more than eight years after the US invasion which overthrew Saddam Hussein. Iraqi forces will now assume full responsibility of the country's security. Sources say only 150 American soldiers are...
  • Iraq court gives Qaeda leader's wife life sentence June 26, 2011

    Baghdad: An Iraqi court has sentenced the wife of a slain al Qaeda leader to life in prison for her role in aiding insurgents' activities, a spokesman for the country's judicial council said on Sunday. Hasna Ali Yahya, the wife of former al Qaeda leader in Iraq Abu Ayyub alMasri, was...
  • Iraqis blast US congressman's war repayment idea June 12, 2011

    Baghdad: The suggestion by a US congressman that Iraq repay the United States for the money it has spent in the country has stirred anger, with an Iraqi lawmaker ridiculing the idea as "stupid" and others saying Iraqis should be compensated for the hardships they've endured. Rep Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican...
  • Sacha Baron to bring Saddam to life in 'Dictator' January 21, 2011

    Los Angeles: Sacha Baron Cohen, the British comedian who shone an ugly light on middle America in "Borat" and satirized the fashion industry in "Bruno," will next turn his attention to the lighter side of dictatorships. Baron Cohen will star in 'The Dictator,' which opens worldwide on May 11, 2012, distributor...
  • Saddam Hussein aide Tariq Aziz sentenced to hang October 26, 2010

    Baghdad: Saddam Hussein's foreign minister Tariq Aziz was on Tuesday sentenced to death by hanging for persecuting members of Shiite religious parties under the former regime. Iraq's high criminal court spokesman Mohammed Abdul Sahib did not say when Aziz, 74, would be put to death. The death sentence was for a...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin 'Chemical Ali' is executed January 26, 2010

    Baghdad: Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan alMajid was executed on Monday, according to the government. "The condemned... has been executed by hanging today," government spokesman Ali alDabbagh announced on state television. "This penalty is just retribution for the offender." AlMajid, dubbed "Chemical Ali" for ordering the use of chemical...
  • Furore over AIDS awareness ad with Hitler in sex act September 11, 2009

    London: A new German AIDS awareness advertisement featuring Hitler having sex with a woman, has caused a furore in Europe. The racy advertisement which also contains images of Josef Stalin and Saddam Hussein having intercourse, has been condemned by HIV charities around the continent. Produced in German, Spanish and English, the ad...
  • Watch: Iraqi's had predicted the 2003 war accurately March 20, 2009

    Just before the Iraq war broke out on March 20, 2003, Nic Robertson visited a wellknown Baghdad cafe and interviewed Iraqi citizens about the coming conflict.Their predictions proved amazingly accurate. Six years later, this CNN Correspondent has paid another visit to the cafe to get patrons' impressions now. ...
  • Saddam's son's stolen hot wheels recovered July 9, 2008

    New Delhi: The Iraqi police claim that they have foiled an attempt to smuggle Saddam Hussein's son's valuable cars out of the country. The cars belong to Saddam's eldest son, Uday. Two Rolls Royces and several vintage classics were reportedly stolen from Uday's palace during looting that followed the 2003 US...