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A very rare document signed in green ink as Head of the Revolutionary Command Council
Exceedingly rare DS in Arabic in green ink as Head of the Revolutionary Command Council, 1 page, 8¾x12. Not translated. In 1969, 32-year-old Saddam Hussein was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Revolutionary Command Council (RCC) of Iraq. He effectively held power in the country along with President Ahmad Hassan al-Bakr. In 1979, Bakr resigned and Hussein became President, Chairman of the RCC and Prime Minister (until 1991 and again from 1994). Four months after signing this document, Saddam launched an invasion of Iran's oil fields, but the campaign bogged down in a war of attrition. The war dragged on in a stalemate until 1988, when Iran and Iraq accepted a cease-fire that ended the fighting. On August 2, 1990, his army overran neighboring Kuwait in a surprise attack that triggered a worldwide trade embargo against Iraq. In a six-week-long war that began on January 16, 1991, a U.S.-led military coalition ("Operation Desert Storm") drove Iraq's armies out of Kuwait. In the aftermath of this crushing defeat, Hussein faced internal rebellions by both Iraq's Shi`ites and Kurds, but he managed to suppress their uprisings and maintain his grip on power until a U.S.-U.K. invasion ended his regime in April 2003. He remained in hiding until being captured on December 13, 2003. Worthy of further research. Slightly creased. File holes at blank right margin. Pinhole (barely visible) at upper border. Fine condition.

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Born: April 28, 1937 in Al-Awja, Iraq
Died: December 30, 2006 in Kadhimiya, Iraq

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