Saddam Hussein’s 9th death anniversary: Some lesser-known facts on the defiant dictator


Former Iraqi President, Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti was hanged on this day in the year 2006 on the charges of committing crimes against humanity. He was also charged with the genocide he ordered, particularly, against the ethnic Kurdish rebels in Iraq.

On Saddam’s 9th death anniversary today, listed are some facts you should definitely know about the ex-President of Iraq:

Saddam was born as Saddam Hussein Abd al-Majid al-Tikriti

Saddam never knew his father. His father had disappeared just six months before he was born

Saddam dropped out of school at the age of 20 to join the revolutionary pan-Arab Ba’ath Party

The Ba’ath Party leadership was planning to assassinate General Abd al-Karim Qasim and Saddam was a leading member of the operation. It is said that during the operation Saddam began shooting prematurely, which disorganised the whole operation

The Blood Qur’an is a copy of the Islamic holy book that, allegedly, was written using the blood of former Iraqi President Hussein’s own blood. 27 litres of his own blood was used to copy the 6,000 verses and 336,000 verses of the holy book

Hussein had been accused of committing acts of genocide in Iraq

During the 1970s, Hussein introduced a law in Iraq in defence of men who committed acts of murder at homes. This new law allowed a man to kill a woman without the fear of punishment

Under his tenure, he made the term ‘family honour’ held in high position. However, the laws revolving around it were not stringently defined. Therefore, many men were able to get away with possible murder charges by merely claiming that their wives had acted in opposition to their family’s honour

In the year 1982, Hussein ordered the destruction of Dujail, a village in Northern Iraq, leading to the deaths of over 140 people

In 1988, Hussein ordered a poison gas attack on Kurds in Halabja in Northern Iraq. More than 5,000 people were killed

In the year 2002, ex-President of the United States, George W. Bush delivered the State of the Union address and described Iraq as a part of an ‘axis of evil’

The Iraqi government and military collapsed within three weeks of the beginning of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq and Saddam was placed at the top of the ‘U.S. list of most-wanted Iraqis’

Saddam Hussein was captured in a cellar in Tikrit

Saddam was hanged on the first day of Eid ul-Adha, December 30, 2006, despite his wish to be shot

According to the reports, Saddam’s body was stabbed six times after the execution.


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