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Up to a million people “disappeared” in Iraq in last half century – UN

A man looks at a mural of former Iraq President Saddam Hussein inside his damaged former palace in Mosul, Iraq, on 19th February 2023

Geneva, Switzerland Reuters Up to a million people have been “disappeared” in Iraq during a tumultuous last half century spanning the dictatorial rule of Saddam Hussein, US-led military occupation and the rise of Islamic State militants, the United Nations said on Tuesday. The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances urged Iraq, which has one of the […]

Saddam’s rusting yacht serves as picnic spot for Iraqi fishermen

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the 'Al-Mansur' yacht, once belonging to former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, which has been lying on the water bed for years in the Shatt al-Arab waterway, in Basra, Iraq March 9, 2023.REUTERS/Mohammed Aty

Basra, Iraq Reuters Capsized in a river in southern Iraq, the rusting wreck of a yacht that belonged to Saddam Hussein serves as a stark reminder of his iron-fisted rule that ended with the US-led invasion two decades ago. The 121-metre al-Mansur, a symbol of Saddam’s wealth and power when it was built in the […]

“Every victim of Saddam Hussein was waiting for this moment”

Ali Hassan al-Haidari, who testified against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during the Dujail trial, that led to Saddam's death sentence, sits at his home in Dujail, Iraq, January 28, 2023.

Baghdad, IraqReuters Saddam Hussein’s trial in 2005, two years after he was ousted by a US-led invasion, was a chance for Ali Hassan al-Haidari to avenge the execution of his brothers and others from his village who were killed by the Iraqi dictator’s security forces. Ali Hassan al-Haidari, who testified against former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during […]