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 Uday Hussein

Uday Hussein

Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq
Death 22 Jul 2003 (aged 39)
Nineveh, Iraq
Burial Al-Awja, Salah ad Din, Iraq
Plot Outside courtyard
Memorial ID 7701702 · View Source
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Eldest son of Saddam Hussein, Dictator of Iraq. He was born in Baghdad, Iraq, as the first child of three sons and three daughters of Saddam Hussein. As the eldest son of Saddam, he was the heir apparent to his father's dictatorial position of President of Iraq, but was replaced by his younger brother Qusay, when he proved to be erratic and less stable. Born Uday Saddam al-Tikreti, in Baghdad, he was the first child and first son of three sons and three daughters to Saddam Hussein. His mother, Sajida Talfah, was Saddam's cousin and his first wife, and gave birth to the first five children of Saddam. Their father trained him and his younger brother, Qusay, in the family business of running the country. Uday earned a degree in Engineering from Baghdad University, graduating summa cum laude at the top of his class of 76 students, although it was his position as first son to the Iraqi dictator that got him his top grades. Uday was known for his ruthlessness, and is believed to have killed his first man at the age of ten, when his father brought him to an execution range and taught him to fire the AK-47. As a young man, he would have his bodyguards pick up attractive women, who he then took to one of his residents and would rape them. In October 1988, at a party in honor of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Uday murdered his father's personal valet, Kemal Hana Gegeo, to the horror of the assembled guests, reportedly finishing off the man with an electric carving knife. As punishment, Saddam briefly imprisoned his son, then exiled him to Switzerland as an assistant to the Iraqi Ambassador there. When he threatened to kill a man in a restaurant, the Swiss Government expelled him. Saddam later made him president of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, and to "encourage" athletes to do better, he would torture those athletes whose performance did not live up to his standards, sometimes killing them. These included wearing an iron mask in the hot sun all day and dragging athletes through a gravel pit and then immersing them in a sewage tank to create infection in their wounds. As a result, volunteer athletes for the Iraqi Olympic Squad declined, with Iraq only sending four men to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia. An iron maiden casket was found in one of Uday's many homes, with the spikes so worn that they were nearly blunt from frequent use. Uday was considered so dangerous, that he was hit by up to 17 bullets in an assassination attempt in December 1996; he survived the attempt, but walked with a limp afterwards. Uday had a passion for luxury cars, owning up to 1200 of them. When the American Army invaded Iraq in 2003, he went into hiding with his brother, Qusay, as the Americans occupied Iraq. Finding the main Iraqi government officials became a key part of the early American occupation, and coalition forces posted a reward of $15 million dollars for information leading to his apprehension. On July 22, 2005, an unidentified Iraqi tipped off the location of the two brothers to coalition forces and Task Force 20, a Special Forces team tasked with capturing the men, surrounded the house in Mosul, and attempted to capture them. When the occupants of the house opened fire on the Task Force, a six-hour gun battle broke out, and the four occupants of the house were killed. Later it was determined that the four killed were Uday, his brother Qusay, an unidentified bodyguard, and Qusay's son, 14 year old Mustapha.

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  • Added: 22 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7701702
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