Saddam Hussein was an Iraqi politician who served as the fifth President of Iraq from 16 July 1979 until 9 April 2003.
Hussein’s rule was a repressive dictatorship. The total number of Iraqis killed by the security services of Saddam’s government in various purges and genocides is conservatively estimated to be 250,000. Saddam’s invasions of Iran and Kuwait also resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths.
Saddam Hussein reign ended on 13 December 2003 after he was captured by US troops. Seizing Mr. Hussein, a man who one senior general said had 20 to 30 hide-outs and moved as often as every three to four hours, had become a maddening challenge.
In recent weeks to his capture, American officials had started a new effort to draw up a list of people likely to be hiding Mr. Hussein, including bodyguards, former palace functionaries, tribal leaders and others not prominent on previous American wanted lists
WHO BETRAYED SADDAM ?
Saddam Hussein was betrayed by a relative who was his personal bodygyard and who led US troops to the ousted Iraqi leader’s hideout after drugging him
According to the source, Muslit was the link between the former Iraqi president and his relatives and knew of his various hideouts.
He informed some of his relatives of his plans to betray Saddam and “contacted the Americans through one relative he trusted,” the newspaper said.
They agreed on a plan by which Muslit had “to drug the Iraqi president… to guarantee his capture alive, without giving him a chance to resist or to escape from the trap that was laid out for him,” the report said.
On 5 November 2006, Saddam was convicted by an Iraqi court of crimes against humanity related to the 1982 killing of 148 Iraqi Shi’a and sentenced to death by hanging. He was executed on 30th December 2006