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Uday Hussein

Uday Hussein was an Iraqi politician, member of Parliament (2000-2003), and eldest son of Iraqi dictator and convicted war criminal, Saddam Hussein. He was considered Saddam's heir apparent for many years, but his violent rages and pathological violence caused the president to select Qusay Hussein, Uday's more stable and sober brother, to be groomed as Saddam's successor.

He was widely considered the most hated and feared man in Iraq, second only to Saddam himself. Insiders report that he routinely murdered and maimed, tortured with zeal, and regularly ordered his guards to abduct young women so he could rape them. He controlled a media empire encompassing newspapers, television and radio. As head of the Iraqi Olympic Committee beginning in 1987, Uday oversaw the imprisonment and torture of many Iraqi athletes whenever they lost games. His reign of terror did not end until the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq toppled the Hussein government.

Biographical fast facts

Full or original name at birth: Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti

Date and place of birth: June 18, 1964, al-Karch district, Baghdad, Iraq

Date, time, place and cause of death: July 22, 2003, at 1 p.m., Mosul, Iraq (Died in a firefight with U.S. forces after refusing to surrender)

Father: Saddam Hussein (b. April 28, 1937, al-Awja, near Tikrit, Iraq - d. December 30, 2006, at approximately 6:05 a.m., Camp Justice, Kadhimiya, Baghdad, Iraq)
Mother: Sajida Hussein

Burial site: al-Awja (a.k.a. Al-Auja or Al-Ouja), near Tikrit, Iraq


The most in-depth of more than three dozen sources consulted in preparing this profile:
Republic of Fear: The Inside Story of Saddam's Iraq, by Samir al-Khalil (1989)
Saddam Hussein and the Crisis in the Gulf, by Judith Miller and Laurie Mylroie (1990)
The Rape of Kuwait: The True Story of Iraqi Atrocities Against a Civilian Population, by Jean P. Sasson (1991)

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