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Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti
Born: June 18, 1964
Died: July 22, 2003
Cause of death: Informant tip off leading to arrival of US soldiers who fired on Udays house, resulting in his death.
Notable because: The guy who informed on him, Nawaf az-Zaydan, received 30 Million US dollars and U.S. citizenship. Uday was a nasty piece of work. In contention as one of the worst examples of how low a human being can descend.
Uday Hussein was the elder son of Saddam Hussein and his first wife, Sajida Talfah. He was the older brother of Qusay Hussein. Uday was for several years seen as the heir apparent of his father, however Uday lost this after his erratic behavior and troubled relationship with his father and brother. Following the United States-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, he was killed at age 39 by a secretive combined Special Forces Task Force (Task Force 20) during a brief gunfight in Mosul.
Uday produced the newspaper Babel and a local Iraqi TV channel called "Al-shabab TV". He was briefly married to the daughter of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri, who was Vice President and Deputy Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council, but he later divorced her.
Uday Saddam was born in Baghdad to Saddam Hussein and Sajida Talfah while his father was in prison.
Uday graduated from high school almost effortlessly with unusually high marks (almost 100% average for the 6 subjects). Initially, he started his University days in Baghdad University College of Medicine. He only lasted in the Medical College for 3 days then moved to College of Engineering about a kilometer away. Uday earned a degree in engineering from Baghdad University, graduating top of his class of 76 students.
Although his status as Saddam's eldest son made him Saddam's prospective successor, Uday fell out of favor with his father. In October 1988, at a party in honor of Suzanne Mubarak, wife of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Uday murdered his father's personal valet and food taster, Kamel Hana Gegeo (some say at the request of his mother). Before an assemblage of horrified guests, an intoxicated Uday bludgeoned Gegeo with a cane, reputedly administering the coup de grâce with an electric carving knife. Gegeo had recently introduced Saddam to a younger woman, Samira Shahbandar, who later became Saddam's second wife. Uday considered his father's relationship with Shahbandar an insult to his own mother. He furthermore feared losing succession to Gegeo, whose loyalty and fidelity to Saddam Hussein was unquestioned.
As punishment for the murder, Saddam briefly imprisoned his son. The original sentence was eight years; Uday probably served only three months in a private prison. response to personal intervention from King Hussein of Jordan, Saddam released Uday, banishing him to Switzerland as the assistant to the Iraqi ambassador there. He was expelled by the Swiss government after he threatened to stab someone in a restaurant.
Saddam later appointed Uday head of the Iraqi Olympic committee, and subsequently the head of one of Saddam's security organizations. In the former role he tortured athletes who failed to win. Uday seemed proud of his reputation and called himself abu sarhan, Arabic for "father of the wolf."
Uday sustained permanent injuries during an assassination attempt in December 1996. Struck by eight bullets while driving his Porsche, Uday was initially believed to be paralyzed. Evacuated to Ibn Sina Hospital, he eventually recovered but with a noticeable limp. Despite repeated operations, however, a bullet remained lodged in his spine and could not be removed due to its location near the spinal cord. In the wake of Uday's subsequent disabilities, Saddam gave his younger brother Qusay increasing responsibility and authority, later designating him as his heir apparent in 2000.
Uday opened accounts with Yahoo! and MSN Messenger, which caused controversy when the accounts violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iraq
Uday is known to have used a body double named Latif Yahia.
Yahia attended the same school as Uday when they were children (from approximately age 12 onwards) and it is alleged that he was forcibly recruited and 'groomed' as Uday's double around the same time. It is also claimed that, as he grew older, Yahia underwent extensive plastic surgery to enhance his resemblance to Uday. After surviving eleven assassination attempts targeted at Uday, Yahia successfully fled Iraq in December 1991. Yahia wrote a book detailing his life and the life he lived as Uday's body double in his book The Devil's Double. Yahia's story never received much widespread media coverage until after the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
A report released on 20 March 2003, by ABC news detailed several allegations against Uday:
Other allegations include:
On 22 July 2003, Task Force 20, aided by troops of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, had a showdown with Uday, Qusay and Qusay's 14-year-old son Mustapha during a raid on a home in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. He had been the Ace of Hearts on the most-wanted Iraqi playing cards (with Qusay being the Ace of Clubs). Acting on a tip from an unidentified Iraqi, the blocking element from the 101st Airborne Division provided security while the Task Force 20 operators attempted to apprehend the inhabitants of the house. After U.S. troops hotwired Uday's Lamborghini, he revealed himself, upon which a gunfight ensued. The assault element withdrew to request backup. As many as 200 American troops, later aided by OH-58 Kiowa helicopters and an A-10 "Warthog", surrounded and fired upon the house. After approximately four hours of battle, soldiers entered the house and found four bodies, including the Hussein brothers' bodyguard.
On 23 July 2003, the American command said that dental records had conclusively identified two of the dead men as Saddam Hussein's sons. They also announced that the informant (possibly the owner of the villa in Mosul in which the brothers were killed) would receive the combined $30 million award previously offered for their apprehension.
Furthermore, the owner of the villa, Nawaf az-Zaydan, who is distantly related to Saddam, was granted U.S. citizenship and permitted to depart from Iraq. Locals said Zeidan had tipped off United States forces that Saddam's sons were staying there. In what was likely an act of revenge, on 5 June 2004, Zeidan's brother Salaah al-Zeidan was killed, and three of his male relatives (including an eight-year-old boy) traveling in the same vehicle were wounded by unknown assassins.
The U.S. Administration released graphic pictures of the brothers' bodies. When criticized, The U.S. military's response was to point out that these men were no ordinary combatants and to express hope that confirmation of the deaths would bring closure to the Iraqi people. This was despite U.S. generals declaring the publication of pictures of American bodies killed at Nasiriyah [in March 2003] a violation of the Geneva Convention.Uday was buried in a cemetery near Tikrit alongside Qusay and Qusay's son Mustapha.
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