Saddam Husseinq - From Peasant to President For more than...

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From Peasant to President For more than two decades, Iraqi’s were under the control of one man. Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, was part of the revolutionary Ba’ath party that took control of Iraq. During his early years he joined the Ba’ath party in 1958 after he assassinated a supporter of the Iraq ruler. This officially marked the beginning of Saddam’s long political career which eventually saw him rise to president for 24 years. Through his time he was involved in many wars and invasions. Saddam was born on April 28, 1937 into a very poor family in a rural town outside Tikrit. Without knowing his biological father, his major influence came from his uncle who was an Iraqi army officer and Arab nationalist. As a teenage Saddam moved to Baghdad and joined the Arab Baath Socialist Party which was initially dedicated to secularism, socialism and pan-Arab unionism. In 1958, he spent six months in prison for his political activities. During the next year he joined several others in an attempt to assassinate Gen. Kessem who had been in power since 1958. Saddam was shot in the failed attempt but was able to escape and fled from Iraq. He was sentenced to death in absentia February 25, 1960, for his role in the assassination plot. As a young man, Saddam was studying politics over in Egypt when he then returned
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course MILTARY 290A taught by Professor Vacchi during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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