A younger Saddam Hussein

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Iraq's then-President Saddam Hussein fires a rifle in Baghdad on Nov. 20, 2000. Saddam fired two rifle shots to kick off festivities celebrating Iraq's commitment to liberating the holy city from Israeli rule. When U.S. leaders decided it was time to depose Saddam Hussein, he made the perfect foil. He was cocky and cunning. He looked dangerous and deranged standing at rallies firing a rifle into the air - conduct unbecoming a head of government.

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Saddam Hussein during the Iran–Iraq War.

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2003: Saddam's sons killed in gun battle The United States says the two sons of Saddam Hussein, Uday and Qusay, have been killed by US troops in Iraq.Qusay, 36, was being groomed as Saddam Hussein's heir, and controlled key areas of the country's security. Uday, 39, ran large sections of the media. He was known for his extreme brutality and for the extravagance of his playboy lifestyle. The two men have been on the run since the collapse of Saddam Hussein's regime three months ago.

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terrorists Hosni Mubarak, Saddam Hussein, and Yasser Arafat pose for a photo during a meeting in Baghdad, 1988

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Saddam Hussein

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In 1980, Detroit presented Saddam Hussein with a key to the city. Granted, we were allies at the time, but what the heck, Detroit?

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