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Saddam Hussein was born April 28th 1937 He was born in a place called Tikrit District in Iraq At the age of 9 months Saddam became an orphan he was raised by his Uncle Khairallah Talfah an anti colonialist who led an unsuccessful coup and bid for independence in 1941 Axelrod Dictators and Tyrants p145 Saddam has been the president of Iraq since 1979 He was a strong believer in terrorism and he supported it as well He is chairman of the Revolutionary Common Council of the Baath Party which sets the government policies Using Iraqs huge petroleum resources Hussein supervised a successful development program in the 1970s This was hulted by a war between Iraq and Iran from 1980 until 1988 when a cease-fire was declared Hussein now was known for his ruthless actions For example in the 1980s he used chemical weapons against Kurdish people of Iraq who were seeking self government Le Gall World Book Encyclopedia p457 In August 1990 Hussein ordered Iraqi forces to invade Kuwait He accused Kuwait of violating oil production limits set by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OPEC thus lowering the price of oil Hussein announced that his country had annexed Kuwait Many countries including our own United States Canada and Several Arab and Western European nations opposed the invasion and sent forces to the region These forces formed an allied military coalition The United Nations Security Council approved the use of military force to remove the Iraqi troops from Kuwait if they did not leave Kuwait by January 15 1991 Saddam refused to withdraw his troops and war broke out on January 16 US time which was January 17 in Iraq The allies bombed military targets in Iraq and Kuwait and Iraq launched missiles against Saudi Arabia and Israel that took out some 300 oil fields
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