On Thursday, Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein’s former foreign minster and figurehead of the tyrannical regime, died in an Iraqi prison, according to local officials. The 79-year-old also served as a deputy prime minister during Hussein’s reign as a brutal dictator.
Aziz was considered as one of Hussein’s personal confidants and most trusted political executives. He and the former Iraqi leader were responsible for the invasion of Kuwait, sparking the creation of a western coalition to engage in Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s.
The ex-foreign minister came into power as member of the Revolutionary Command Council following the turmoil in the Middle East from the 1979 Shah revolution that cause a domino effect that resulted in the onset of authoritarian rule over the free people of Iraq. Hussein then promoted him the foreign minister in 1983, four years after the dictator took control of the country.
Both Aziz and Hussein surrendered to U.S. forces in 2003, following the fall of Baghdad. In 2010, Aziz was tried and sentenced to death by the Iraqi Supreme Court for charges involving the religious persecution of opposing Iraqi political parties under Hussein’s rule. However, unlike the former leader, he was never executed.
By Alex Lemieux
BBC News: Iraq’s Tariq Aziz ‘dies in prison’
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