Saddam Hussein - updates

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Young Iraqis use innovation to make a living

Jun 24, 2018 - 12:00 PM

While their parents generally went straight into public sector jobs after graduation, the job market for Iraqi youths has become starkly different in the post-Saddam Hussein era

ENTREPRENEUR. Iraqi Karrar Alaa (left), aged 26, sells coffee by his travelling cafe vehicle in a street in Basra. Photo by Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP

Iraq security forces vote in first poll since IS war

May 10, 2018 - 9:13 PM

Iraqis are hoping that the vote can lock in a fragile peace, 15 blood-soaked years after the US-led ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein

VOTING. A member of the Iraqi security forces shows his ink-stained index finger after voting at a polling station in the holy city of Karbala ahead of parliamentary elections, on May 10, 2018. Photo by Mohammed Sawaf/AFP

Iraq readies for first election since end of ISIS war

May 10, 2018 - 12:25 PM

Whoever emerges as premier will face the mammoth task of rebuilding a country left shattered by the battle against ISIS

ELECTIONS. A man walks past electoral campaign posters in Baghdad on May 8, 2018. Photo by Sabah Arar/AFP

Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

Apr 16, 2018 - 10:07 PM

US president George W. Bush personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator's body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the northern city of Tikrit, near Al-Awjah

DAMAGED. An Iraqi fighter from the Hashed al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilisation Units) checks the severely damaged tomb of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the village of Al-Awja, on the outskirts of Tikrit on April 8, 2018. Photo by Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP

Baghdad's infrastructure in ruins 15 years after Saddam fell

Apr 08, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Even Fardous Square, where a giant effigy of dictator Saddam Hussein was symbolically pulled down with the help of US Marines, remains to be revamped

A picture taken on April 5, 2018, Baghdad's Fardoos Square where the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein formerly stood.  After the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 there were hopes its millennium-old capital Baghdad could rise again from the ashes, but construction sites have remained idle as if time stood still. / AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE

Burying a dictator: How other countries did it

Sep 07, 2016 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Many countries have struggled with reconciling a dictator’s burial with their history

Duterte: No ISIS if Saddam, Gaddafi still alive

Jul 23, 2016 - 11:25 AM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says ISIS will not flourish in the Philippines as the situation in Mindanao is not the same as in the Middle East

NO ISIS. President Rodrigo Duterte says ISIS is unlikely to get a strong foothold in the Philippines. Photo from Toto Lozano/PPD

Jailed 'voice of Saddam' Tareq Aziz dies

Jun 05, 2015 - 11:15 PM

The provincial official did not specify what Aziz died from but he had long been in poor health

VOICE OF SADDAM. A file picture taken on May 24, 2006, shows former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tarek Aziz testifying for the defense during Saddam's trial. File photo by Marco di Lauro/AFP

Iraqi Kurd commander: Jihadists 'worse than Saddam'

Aug 19, 2014 - 8:49 PM

It is an emotive assertion for a member of Iraq s Kurdish community which was targeted in a genocidal campaign in the 1980s by executed dictator Saddam Hussein s regime that killed tens of thousands of people

REFUGEES. Iraqis who are fleeing violence in Mosul stand in a queue at a checkpoint in Erbil, Kurdistan region, north Iraq. File photo by Kamal Akrayi/EPA

Kerry to visit Saudi Arabia on Friday for Iraq talks

Jun 26, 2014 - 12:22 AM

US Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to Saudi Arabia s King Abdullah about how we can counter the sheer threat that is posed by ISIS

Iraq PM under fire as US mulls air strikes on militants

Jun 19, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Baghdad has formally requested that Washington launch air strikes on the advancing militants but there were no signs US military action was imminent

'LEAD IRAQ.' In this photo, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki speaks at the opening of counter-terrorism conference in Baghdad, Iraq last March 12, 2014. File photo by Karim Kadim/Pool/EPA

Gunmen attack convoy, kill 9 Iraq police

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:41 PM

The attack comes as security forces fight to retake areas north of the capital seized by militants in a major offensive they launched on Monday night June 9

Obama rules out sending troops as cleric calls Iraqis to arms

Jun 14, 2014 - 11:33 AM

We will not be sending US troops back into combat in Iraq but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces the US president says

Iraq shuts infamous Abu Ghraib prison over security fears

Apr 15, 2014 - 10:06 PM

Iraq closes Abu Ghraib prison made infamous by Saddam Hussein s regime and US forces due to security concerns following a mass breakout last year

Iraq attacks kill 8 on invasion anniversary

Mar 20, 2014 - 8:54 PM

Thursday s attacks come on the 11th anniversary of the beginning of the US led invasion that ousted now executed dictator Saddam Hussein

Muhammad Ali commemorates 50th anniversary of Liston fight with first tweet

Feb 26, 2014 - 5:18 AM

Muhammad Ali posted his first Twitter message on Tuesday 50 years to the day after he stopped Sonny Liston at Miami Beach to win his first heavyweight boxing title

ALI TWEET. Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali issued his first tweet on Tuesday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his first championship victory. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

Pinoys can work in Iraq except in 4 areas

Apr 20, 2013 - 4:45 PM

There are 2 000 job vacancies for doctors and nurses in Iraq

STILL IN CONFLICT. A file photo of central Baghdad. File photo by AFP

April 9, 2003: A statue, a bridge, and a city, fall

Apr 09, 2013 - 7:49 AM

Ten years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in Baghdad Agence France Presse s Ezzedine Said recalls the events of the historic day

The stone pillar that was holding the statue of late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein which was pulled down on April 9, 2003 after US troops moved into Baghdad, is seen on Fardous (paradise) Square on February 7, 2013. AFP PHOTO/PATRICK BAZ