Saddam Hussein was a former dictator of Iraq from July of 1979 to April of 2003. He was born in a small village in northern Iraq called Al-Awja near the city of Tikrit on April 28, 1937 and was executed on December 30, 2006. He eventually became the President of Iraq and as time progressed he was recognized as the Dictator of Iraq until he was trialed and executed for his crimes during his dictatorship.
Hussein first became involved in politics at the age of 20 in 1957 when he joined a political party known as the Baath Party. He started as low-ranking member but with time he gained respect of the other members. In 1959 Saddam and other members of the Baath party attempted to assassinate the prime minister of Iraq but failed, which caused them to flee Iraq because they were wanted by the Iraqi government.
After three years of being exiled he returned to Iraq when the Baath Party overthrew the Iraqi government in 1963. However, the Baath Party lost power after just 9 months of overthrowing the previous government. Also, Saddam Hussein was arrested for being part of the Baath party. In 1966, Hussein escaped prison and regained a leadership role within the Baath Party; two years later he was recognized as Vice President of Iraq when then Baath Party had gained power once again.
A decade after being selected as vice president he took over as president of Iraq on July 16, 1979 after the former president of Iraq decided to resign. Just months after taking over the presidency he attacked Iran causing for a war to begin. It was mainly over border disputes and religious views. In 1888, the war ended; however, no one came out victorious.
Also, during the 1980s, Hussein killed about 5,000 Kurds in Iraq with chemical weapons. The Iraqi citizens began to realize that their president only wanted power, but they did not try overtaking him because they feared him. In August of 1990, Hussein started the Persian Gulf War against Kuwait because he wanted Iraq to...