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Saddam Hussein was born to a peasant family, on April 28, 1937, in a small village called Auja near Tikrit in Iraq. His father died when Saddam was very young, leaving Saddam and his mother without any fortune, or father-figure. This made the Hussein family’s life full of suffering and poverty. When Saddam was born, his family, as well as his entire tribe, was going through economic hardship. After his father died, the family’s lack of economic stability forced them to live with his Uncle. Saddam had almost no hope of receiving higher education, except in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, which was too far away and too expensive. But, when Saddam was 15, he traveled to Baghdad and applied to the Baghdad University. He was accepted at age 18. Saddam entered the college the Baghdad in 1955, but only attended for 6 months. At this time the Ba’Ath Socialist Party was recruiting many young, college-age Iraqi’s to help build themselves a younger, larger group of supporters, so when the current Ba’Ath leaders retired, they would have successors. This idea they copied from Hitler, who started the HJ. Saddam, with his ‘revolutionary mind-set’ 1 got attracted to the ideology of the Ba’Ath, which was basically an Arab national movement. But, in spite of the obvious risk, Saddam headed the assassination of Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qasim, to clear the biggest road block on the way of the Ba’Ath party’s assumption to political control over Iraq. The mission failed. And that was not all because Saddam was arrested, sent to jail, and sentenced to death, until a judge, afraid of the party’s power, arraigned him. While Saddam was being detained in the prison, he was brutally tortured. Though sustaining serious wounds, Saddam escaped to Syria and soon moved to Cairo, Egypt. He 1 Yahia, Latif; Wendl, Karl. I Was Saddam's Son . New York: Arcade, May 1997. 1
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joined a school in 1962 and completed his secondary school education. Soon he entered the University of Law in Cairo. He studied for two years but could not finish his studies. In 1963 he returned to Iraq to take part in the revolutionary activities against the current Regime. He was elected as the leader of the Ba’Ath Party by the end of 1963.The then Prime Minister saw the slow growth of the revolutionaries led by the Ba’Athists and made swift moves to save both his life and power. An arrest warrant was issued against major revolutionaries that were a threat to the Regime, and Saddam was on this hit list. He faced heavy charges. He was arrested in October of 1964. But as opposed to his fellow revolutionaries who wasted away in jail, Saddam passed his first year exams from his University while being detained. He was elected as a member of the Ba’Ath Party’s Pan-Arab National Leadership in early 1965, and as the Deputy Secretary General of the party in Iraq in September 1966. He also made a successful escape from prison. After escaping, Saddam tried to find people and organizations which would be
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