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His red ink signature on a very rare typed 1980 document, four months before Iraq invaded Iran.
Exceedingly rare DS in Arabic as Head of the Revolutionary Command Council
, 1 page, 8x11. No place, 1980 May 20. Translated, in part: "Decided... According to Paragraph 'A' from the temporary bylaw. The Governing Revolutionary Council decided on 20 May as follows: A - confiscate the numbered and content of building and it will be registered in the name of the Ministry of Finance; B - the Ministers responsible will carry this decision ...." 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. Lightly creased. Staple holes and impressions at upper right corner. Lightly toned edges.

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

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