The Iranian History 2006 AD


Iran Calls For UK Iraq Pull-Out

Feb, 17, 2006 AD

Young Queen Elizabeth of England is wearing a Kiani Crown; Derafsh Kaviani is clearly visible on top of her diadem adourn with diamonds. The queen inherited the King George IV State Diadem in 1952 on the death of her father.(BBC) - Iran's foreign minister has called for the "immediate withdrawal" of UK troops from Basra, in southern Iraq.
Manouchehr Mottaki claimed the presence of the British was destabilizing security in the city.
But Tony Blair dismissed the comments, saying Mr Mottaki's aim was to "divert attention" from concerns over Iran's stability.
Mr Blair reiterated that UK troops were in Iraq with a UN mandate and backing from the Iraqi government.
UK forces are facing rising hostility after the release of a video appearing to show troops beating Iraqi civilians.
Basra's provincial council suspended relations with UK forces over the video.
UK newspaper the News of the World carried images it said came from a video shot in 2004. The video has been aired repeatedly on Iraqi television. Three soldiers have been arrested over the film.
Britain's 8,000 troops have their headquarters in Basra.
Mr Mottaki made his comments through an interpreter to reporters on a visit to Lebanon.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran requests the immediate withdrawal of British forces from Basra," he said.
Iranian officials have repeatedly blamed British agents in Iraq for an outbreak of ethnic unrest across the border in Iran's mainly Arab south-eastern province of Khuzestan.
Mr Mottaki also called on the new Iraq government, to be formed after the inauguration of parliament later this month, to put "an immediate stop to the US occupation".
Mr Blair said there was "no point trying to divert attention from the issues to do with Iran by calling into question the British presence in Iraq".
"The reason we remain there is the desire of the Iraqi people to have a democracy, to elect their own government and to have the same rights and liberties that we enjoy, whether in Germany - in Britain. Our job is to help them get that," he said.
Meanwhile in Basra local protests are planned for Saturday and city councilors have spoken of what they say are heavy-handed tactics by troops and a need for better communication.
British officials said Mr Mottaki's remarks might be a warning to Britain that Tehran could make life difficult for British forces in Iraq if the United Nations imposed sanctions on Iran, or if America took military action to destroy its nuclear facilities.
Tensions between Iran and the West have risen sharply after the Xenophile IAEA chief reported Tehran to the UN Security Council for breaching its nuclear obligations.
On March, 23, 2007 Iranian naval forces seized 15 British marines who invaded Iranian waters. (Updated: Feb, 14, 2012)

Bomb Blasts Hit Khuzestan

Feb, 27, 2006 AD

A view at night from the Ahvaz Bridge on the Karoon River in Khuzestan Province(BBC) - Iran has been hit by a spate of bombings in recent months
Two bombs have exploded in the southern Iranian cities of Dezful and Abadan, according to Iranian reports.
In both cities, the devices were planted in the governor's offices, the official IRNA news agency says. No serious injuries were reported.
The attacks are the latest in a series to hit the southern Khuzestan province, at the heart of Iran's oil industry.
Eight people died when bombs exploded by a government office and bank in the provincial capital Ahwaz a month ago.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest explosions, according to reports.
"Hopefully, those behind the bombings will soon be found and punished," Dezful Governor-general Hamid Ghanaati told IRNA.
'UK involvement'
The oil-rich Khuzestan province, which is home to about two million ethnic Arabs, has been rocked by a wave of unrest in recent months.
Iran accused British army forces across the border in southern Iraq of co-operating with bombers who carried out January's attacks in Ahwaz. The UK Foreign Office rejected the allegation.
A little-known ethnic Arab separatist group said in a website statement that it was responsible for the blasts, in which eight people were killed and 46 hurt.
The Iranian government also blamed attacks in June and October last year on the UK, but British officials again denied involvement.
In November, protests erupted in Ahwaz after ethnic Arabs accused the authorities of discrimination. (Updated: Feb, 16, 2012)

Iran Newspaper Cockroach Cartoon Controversy

May, 12, 2006 AD

A political Cartoon from Mana Neyestani showing Iran and Israel politicinas fighting while people exchange love and friendship. The cartoonist is known for his Iran newspaper cockroach cartoon controversy followed by nationwide riots.(Wikipedia) - The cockroach cartoon controversy of Iran weekly magazine arose over a cartoon, published in the Iranian holiday-magazine of Iran-e-jomee (Iran Friday), drawn by the cartoonist Mana Neyestani, an ethnic Iranian Azeri. The cartoon, published in the children's section of the newspaper on May 12, 2006, allegedly insulted the Azerbaijani people by depicting a child speaking in Persian to a cockroach, which was replying in the Azerbaijani language, saying Namana meaning what?. However, Namana is also a slang word used in Persian. In other sections of the cartoon, the cockroach also speaks in Persian.
Contents of the article:
The article which the cartoons accompany is entitled "How to stop the cockroaches from making us into cockroaches?" It is a satirical article in a children's weekly newspaper. The text of the paragraph in image 1 is translated as follows:
-First method: dialogue:
Some people believe that one should not resort to violence as an initial step, because that will just take all the fun out of the process. So we must first try to come to the table like civilized people and have a dialogue with the cockroaches. But the problem is that a cockroach cannot understand human language. And cockroach grammar is so difficult--nobody has yet discovered which of their verbs end in "ing"--that 80% of the cockroaches themselves do not know it and prefer to speak in other languages. When even the cockroaches do not understand their own language, how could you possibly understand it?! This is precisely why negotiations hit a dead-end and the sweet methodology of violence becomes a necessity!
Following the publication of the piece, some Azeri people found it insulting. They objected to the depiction of the cockroach as speaking Azeri and the insinuation that the Azeri-speaking cockroach "cannot understand human language."
The controversy resulted in massive riots throughout Iran in May 2006, most notably in the predominantly Azerbaijani-populated cities of Tabriz, Urmia, Zanjan and Naghadeh and number of smaller towns. The riots were violent in some cases, with protesters damaging public buildings and throwing stones, prompting the reaction of the Iranian police. Amnesty International claims that "hundreds, if not thousands, were arrested and scores reportedly killed by the security forces," while the Iranian authorities say 330 people were arrested during the protests, and four demonstrators were killed.
The Iranian government promptly responded to the events by temporarily shutting down the Iran Newspaper, arresting the cartoonist and the editor-in-chief of the newspaper, Mehrdad Ghasemfar. It further accused "outside forces in playing the nationalistic card".
Possible foreign interference:
Emad Afrough, head of the Majlis Cultural Commission at the time, said that Pan-Turks were involved in creating the tensions. Other members of the Iranian government blamed it on the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom, suspecting the incitement of ethnic strife in Iran. It was alleged that the United States is conducting covert operations in Iran and is allied with Iran's neighbor, the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Abbas Maleki, a senior research fellow at Harvard University and a former Iran's deputy foreign minister, stated:
I think that when President Bush says all options are on the table, the destabilization of Iran's ethnic provinces is one of them. Don't forget, Mr Mahmudali Chehregani, one of the Pan-Turk leaders agitating for a separatist Azeri agenda, was in Washington last year by invitation of the Defense Department.
Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA operative, had stated in the early 1990s:
Accessible through Turkey and ex-Soviet Azerbaijan, eyed already by nationalists in Baku, more westward-looking than most Iran, and economically going nowhere, Iran's richest agricultural province was an ideal CIA theater.
According to Touraj Atabaki, well-known expert on Iranian Azeri peoples, there might be some truth behind the Iranian government's allegations of a foreign plot, yet the responsibility for the unrest lies first and foremost with the central government.
Cartoonist's apology and excuse:
Later, Mana Neyestani wrote a letter to the head of Tabriz cartoonists and explained that using the Azeri expressions like Namana and Sanana (That is none of your business) in ordinary Persian is very frequent and shows the influence of Azeri Turkic in Persian language and using such expressions did not mean any insult to Azeri people. He also said he has many Azeri friends and had no purpose and no reason to insult them.
The Iran Newspaper continued publications after a while. (Updated: Jul, 19, 2012)

UNSC Resolution #1696: Suspension Required

Jun, 30, 2006 AD

A dove flying over the Jamkaran Mosque near Qom Iran. The famous Jamkaran mosque where Imam Mahdi is said to have appeared in a cleric's dream; has since been the visiting place for flocks of pilgrims.After Ahmadinejad became president, the policy of dialog adopted during Khatami's presidency was soon replaced by a hardliner stance of confrontation. Iran resumed uranium enrichment and the IAEA referred the case to the UN Security Council. The UNSC resolution #1696 passed on June 31, 2006 endorsed the offer of diplomatic and economic incentives and demanded that Iran suspend all uranium enrichment activities by August 31. The council thus threatened Iran with sanctions in case of non-compliance, but avoids any implication that use of force may be warranted. Iran briefly rejected the resolution switching to use the case for domestic propaganda in order to suppress mounting economic and social discontent. (Updated: May, 11, 2008)

Iran Air Tours Crash Kills 28

Sep, 1, 2006 AD

An Iran Air Tours Tupolev Tu-154M, similar to the one involved in the accident on September 1, 2006 that burst into flames upon landing in Mashhad, Iran at 13:45 local time killing 28 of those on board.The aircraft had been in active service since 1988.On September 1, 2006, Iran Air Tours Tu-154 aircraft traveling from Bandar Abbas with 11 crew and 137 passengers on board burst into flames upon landing in Mashhad, Iran at 13:45 local time, killing 28 of those on board.
The specific cause is not known, however it is believed that the nose gear tire blew on landing.
The aircraft had been in active service since 1988 and had approximately 19,000 hours of flight time over about 2,200 flights. It was originally owned by Aeroflot. The plane was leased by Iran Air Tours in August 2005 after having been operated by a number of other carriers. (Updated: Feb, 25, 2012)

Anousheh Ansari Becomes First Iranian In Space

Sep, 18, 2006 AD

Anousheh Ansari45 years after Russian Gagarin became the first person to reach space, Anousheh Ansari, an Iranian-American businesswoman reached space at the age of 40 and became the first Muslim woman and the first Iranian in space. Ansari lifted off on the Soyuz TMA-9 mission on Monday September 18, 2006 from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Her significant success inspired many people in Iran and specially in the Muslim world.
In 1993, she set up a telecommunications company which was sold for hundreds of millions of dollars and part of the fortune went into funding her interest in the space industry. Anousheh was also wearing the Iranian flags on her space suit acknowledging her roots. She left Iran at the age of 16.
She is currently working towards enabling social entrepreneurs to bring about radical change globally, with organizations such as X Prize, ASHOKA and the PARSA Community Foundation. (Updated: Nov, 25, 2007)

Royana, Cloned Sheep Is Born

Oct, 1, 2006 AD

Royana Cloned Iranian SheepRoyana is the name of the second sheep born in the Royan research institute through cloning technique. The first sheep died few hours after birth. Cloning is a very complicated high tech method that enables us to reproduce exact copies of the original mammal with exactly the same genetic structure. Founded in 1991, the Royan institute has been active in several related fields including reproductive biomedicine, stem cell biology & technology. The word Royan means embryo in Persian. The institute currently has the departments of stem cells, embryology, gynecology, genetics, andrology, epidemiology and a fertility clinic.
World's first mammal to be cloned with DNA taken from an adult cell was a sheep named Dolly born on July, 5, 1996 in Scotland. Dolly died on February, 14, 2003 at the age of six. Cloning is considered a promising tool for preserving endangered species alongside many other applications yet to think of. Royana, a brown male is now thriving outside Isfahan with some 400 other sheep. (Updated: Feb, 14, 2008)

Modern Thinkers Party of Islamic Iran Founded

Oct, 30, 2006 AD

The emblem of the Islamic Republic of Iranian since 1979 consists of four crescents and a sword.  standing for the word Allah. It also resembles a tulip, symbol of martyrdom, designed by Hamid Nadimi the logo was approved by Imam Khomeini on May 9, 1980.Modern Thinkers Party of Islamic Iran also known as MTPII, was founded on Oct, 30, 2006 as a modernist, moderate conservative political party. The party has supported justice, freedom, and "moral rule" of Iranian society, and to resolve community problems through dialogue with the political elite. Diplomatically, the party has advocated "New Idea reforms" aimed at bringing Iran and the world towards an Islamic nation with peace and progress within Islamic ideals. The party has noted that the elimination of poverty and discrimination in all political areas is only possible through the creation of economic, cultural, and social justice.
Amir Mohebbian is the main founder of the Modern Thinkers Party of Islamic Iran committee. Other co-founders are Gholam Hossein Mohammadi, Abolfazl Kalhor and Hossein Noush Abadi.
Political ideals
The following are political ideals of the Modern Thinkers Party:
Democratic rule of law in the light of religious Islamic thought as led by the Supreme leader.
Full independence of all sovereign powers to develop and defend the territorial integrity of Iran.
Freedom to speak, to write, to select delegates, to choose a career, and to choose a political party, within the framework of the constitution.
Defense of human dignity and respect for life, property and family of all citizens without discrimination.
Belief in each other's independence, particularly an independent judiciary as a check on the other powers to defend the rights of citizens without discrimination.
Efforts to provide housing, work, public health insurance for everyone such that any Iranian cover these services remain out for any reason.
Equal treatment of all citizens under law, without exception, and equal opportunity in the social, economic and cultural fields.
Enlightening Islamic culture at all levels of political behavior, and the ethics of political literature on the relationship between the parties, the people, and the rulers.
Defense of peace and global disarmament to realize a violence-free world.
Strengthening ethnic identity in order to preserve national identity. (Updated: Aug, 8, 2012)

White House Dismissed CIA Draft

Nov, 20, 2006 AD

Kelardasht: Cows rest under the shade of a half finished ConstructionAccording to a report by the New Yorker magazine, the White House dismissed a classified CIA draft assessment that found no conclusive evidence of a secret Iranian nuclear weapons program. Iran's arch foe, the United States constantly accused Iran of trying to acquire WMD, while Iran systematically denied the accusations, signed the NPT and opened it's nuclear facilities to inspections. (Updated: Nov, 20, 2007)

Iran Hosts Conference On Holocaust

Dec, 11, 2006 AD

Anti-Zionism Protests at the Enghelab St. of Tehran on Aug, 17, 2012, on the occasion of Al-Qods day: an annual pro-Palestinian rally when Israeli and British flags are burnt on the last Friday of Ramadan introduced in Iran by the Imam Khomeini in 1979.(Wikipedia) - The International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust was a two-day conference that opened on December 11, 2006, in Tehran, Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said the conference sought "neither to deny nor prove the Holocaust... to provide an appropriate scientific atmosphere for scholars to offer their opinions in freedom about a historical issue." Notable attendees included David Duke, Moshe Aryeh Friedman, Robert Faurisson, Fredrick T?ben, Richard Krege, Michele Renouf, Ahmed Rami and Yisroel Dovid Weiss of Neturei Karta.
Holocaust denial is illegal in a number of European countries, in clear violation of free speech. In Feb, British historian David Irving was found guilty in Vienna of denying the Holocaust of European Jewry and sentenced to three years in prison. Consequently, the Zionist mouthpieces were not silent and quickly labeled the conference as a "Holocaust denial conference" or a "meeting of Holocaust deniers", and provoked worldwide criticism. The Vatican condemned it, the White House called it an "affront to the entire civilized world," and British Prime Minister Tony Blair described it as "shocking beyond belief." Holocaust historians attending a separate conference in Berlin organized to protest the Iranian one called it "an attempt to cloak anti-Semitism in scholarly language."
David Duke gave a speech in which he said: "In Europe you can freely question, ridicule and deny Jesus Christ. The same is true for the prophet Muhammad, and nothing will happen to you. But offer a single question of the smallest part of the Holocaust and you face prison.", stating "The Holocaust is the device used as the pillar of Zionist imperialism, Zionist aggression, Zionist terror and Zionist murder."
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the conference would not aim to deny or prove the Holocaust, but to create opportunities "for suitable scientific research so that the hidden and unhidden angles of this most important political issue of the 20th century becomes more transparent." The event was organized by the ministry's Institute for Political & International Studies (IPIS).
The goal of the conference was to discuss the reality of the Nazis' extermination of Jews during the World War II. The Foreign Minister of Iran and other officials stated that the conference was meant to "create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust".
According to the Iranian Foreign Minister: "If the official version of the Holocaust is thrown into doubt, then the identity and nature of Israel will be thrown into doubt, and if, during this review, it is proved that the Holocaust was a historical reality, then what is the reason for the Palestinians having to pay the cost of the Nazis' crimes?"
There were 67 attendees from 30 countries.
American David Duke, a former Louisiana State Representative and one-time Ku Klux Klan leader, attended the conference. French writer Georges Thiel, who had been convicted under Holocaust denial laws in France, attended, as did Fredrick T?ben of Australia who had been imprisoned in Germany for three months in 1999 for Holocaust denial. Robert Faurisson, a convicted Holocaust denier from France also attended, as well as Ahmed Rami, a Swedish-Moroccan Holocaust denier who was imprisoned in Sweden for inciting racial hatred. German psychologist and National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) functionary Bendikt Frings was invited by Iranian Deputy Minister of Islamic Guidance Mohammad Ali Ramin; Frings said that he had waited for such a conference "all my childhood". The NPD is widely considered the most significant German Neo-Nazi party
Michele Renouf, a British actress and defender of Holocaust denial author David Irving also attended. At the conference, Renouf claimed that the "terrible things" that happened to the Jews in World War II were brought upon by Jewish leaders.
Among the participants at the conference were six members of the anti-Zionist Jewish organisation Neturei Karta, including Aharon Cohen who said he had come to the conference to put the Orthodox Jewish viewpoint across. Cohen also said that while the Holocaust indisputably happened, "in no way can it be used as a justification for perpetrating unjust acts against the Palestinians."
Shiraz Dossa, a professor of Political Science at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, presented a paper at the conference and was roundly vilified for his participation by the Canadian media and his university.
Jan Bernhoff, a computer teacher from Sweden, gave a presentation claiming that 300,000 Jews had been killed as opposed to six million.
French philosopher and formerly a prominent communist author, Roger Garaudy was unable to attend the conference for health reasons. However, he reportedly sent a videotaped message supporting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's view that Israel should cease to exist.
Denied permission
Israeli Arab lawyer Khaled Kasab Mahameed was denied permission to attend the conference by Iran after it was discovered that he holds Israeli citizenship. He had been previously invited to attend by the Iranian government; however Iran does not grant visas to Israelis. According to Ha'aretz, Mahameed intended "to tell the conference that the Holocaust did happen and that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's position of Holocaust denial is wrong". He stated:
Everything that happened must be internalized and the facts must not be denied... It is the obligation of all Arabs and all Muslims to understand the significance of the Holocaust. If their goal is to understand their adversary, they must understand the Holocaust... The Naqba the Palestinians experienced in 1948 is small compared to the Holocaust, but the political implications of the Holocaust have made its terrors a burden on the Palestinian people alone... The Holocaust has all the reasons for the creation of the Arab-Israeli conflict, but also has potential to bring peace."
Conference events
The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying: "The Zionist regime will be wiped out soon the same way the Soviet Union was, and humanity will achieve freedom. Elections should be held among Jews, Christians and Muslims so the population of Palestine can select their government and destiny for themselves in a democratic manner."
Papers delivered by participants from countries ranging from Austria to Indonesia included "A Challenge to the Official Holocaust Story," and "Holocaust, the Achilles Heel of a Primordial Jewish Trojan."
Frederick T?ben told the conference: "Minds are being switched off to the Holocaust dogma as it is being sold as a historical fact and yet we are not able to question it. This is mental rape."
Rabbi Aharon Cohen told the conference: "There is no doubt whatsoever, that during World War II there developed a terrible and catastrophic policy and action of genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against the Jewish people, confirmed by innumerable eyewitness survivors and fully documented again and again...The figure of six million is regularly quoted. One may wish to dispute this actual figure, but the crime was just as dreadful whether the millions of victims numbered six million, five million or four million. The method of murder is also irrelevant, whether it was by gas chamber, firing squads or whatever. The evil was the same. It would be a terrible affront to the memory of those who perished to belittle the guilt of the crime in any way.
Richard Krege maintained his suggestion of diesel exhaust gas chambers to be an "outright lie," and showed a model of the Treblinka extermination camp to illustrate this. He claimed that up to 10,000 people died in the camp, but of disease, instead of planned extermination. He said, "There is no scientific proof to show that this place was an extermination camp. All that exists are the words of some people."
According to IRNA, the conference participants agreed to start a world foundation for Holocaust studies with Mohammad Ali Ramin as its Secretary General. The stated purpose of the foundation was to "find out the truth about holocaust." More immediate tasks included preparing for the next Holocaust conference and composing the foundation's letter of association. The main office would initially be located in Tehran, though Ramin said it will eventually move to Berlin, "once proper grounds are prepared".
Iranian Jewish Member of Parliament Maurice Motamed said: "Holding this conference after having a competition of cartoons about the Holocaust has put a lot of pressure on Jews all over the world;" and that "The conference has upset Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community."
Though reformist demonstrations had been rare since Ahmadinejad took office, a few students burnt pictures of him and chanted "death to the dictator" as Ahmadinejad gave a speech at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran on 12 December 2006. One student activist said the protest was against the "shameful" Holocaust conference, and added that Ahmadinejad had "brought to our country Nazis and racists from around the world." Ahmadinejad responded by saying: "Everyone should know that Ahmadinejad is prepared to be burnt in the path of true freedom, independence and justice."
However, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, Secretary-General of the International Congress to Support the Palestinian Intifada, expressed support for the conference, saying that the "Western and Zionist media have always been aggrandizing the dimensions of the reality of Holocaust, mixing a bit of truth with a great deal of lies."
In an interview Yisroel Dovid Weiss praised Iran, stating that: "When we traveled to Iran, the humbleness we found ... it is a country where people are God fearing... they believe in God and they serve God... you can see the difference between that society and the society here – depravity is so great, where you have television, immorality, immodesty and so forth. Your children grow up with they say democracy but democracy originally meant freedom to serve God... but unfortunately today many are preaching freedom to exclude God, in other words free from God..."
In the same interview, Weiss stated that:
"The only reason the Zionists are able to hold the Jewish people in their grasp is because their propaganda machines are busy explaining to the Jews that it's too late, even if you're not a Zionist, the Arabs hate you so much today that if you return the land they will, God forbid, slaughter you, and that today is the strongest argument that they have to convince Jews to support their Zionist state. This is the trap the Zionists want people to fall into so it is important for the Muslim people to get out there and make it understood that it is not the danger that is being portrayed by the Zionists." (Updated: Dec, 11, 2012)

UNSC Resolution #1737:Trade Sanctions On Iran

Dec, 23, 2006 AD

Defying sanctions, military threats and assassination of scientists, a new celebration has been added to Iranian Festivities for Nuclear achievements on Farvardin, 20 (April, 8) indicating the willingness to experience rights to peaceful nuclear energy.In February 2003, after revealing its uranium enrichment program, Iran claimed it was using the technology for peaceful purposes and invited the IAEA to visit. Driven by the corporate media campaign and AIPAC lobby, US alleged that the program is part of a drive to develop nuclear weapons and sought to refer the Iranian case to the Security Council. In November 2004, Tehran signed a temporary agreement with Germany, France and Britain to cease uranium enrichment and the IAEA issued Iran a clean bill of health, thus avoiding Security Council intervention. Nevertheless, the IAEA did not confirm that Iran is not pursuing undeclared nuclear activities and referred the case to the UN Security Council.
U.N. Security Council voted unanimously to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology, an effort to pressure Tehran to halt uranium enrichment work despite the fact that Iranians insisted on the peaceful nature of their nuclear program backed by IAEA reports that found no proof of deviation towards production of nuclear weapons.
The resolution #1737 approved on December 23, 2006 imposed sanctions against Iran, calling for steps required by the IAEA, bans trade with Iran of all items, materials, equipment, goods and technology which could be used in Tehran’s uranium enrichment program and contained a list of persons and entities, whose assets are subject to be frozen. A new sanctions committee is to monitor compliance of the resolution. (Updated: Jan, 22, 2009)

Saddam Hussein Sacrificed

Dec, 31, 2006 AD

Saddam Hussein CaughtSaddam was born on April, 28, 1337 in village near Tikrit. The Iraqi dictator who was on the loose after the fall of Baghdad was caught in a hiding hole dug underground on Dec, 13, 2003. His high profile trial for war crimes lasted for three years and he was executed by hanging on Dec, 31, 2006 on the Islamic Ghorban Feast when sheep and cows are sacrificed. In Sep, 1980 Saddam invaded Iran calling it the Ghadesiya in remembrance of the first Caliphate victory over Sassanid empire. During eight years of devastating war about a million people were killed on both sides. Saddam's army launched chemical weapons on civilians both in Iran and in Iraq, a brutal action that was passed by the U.S. in silence. During the Iran–Iraq War Arab and western countries supported Saddam's regime in every way while Iran was struggling under embargo. However, when tables turned Saddam had no friends with nowhere to go, proven to be another puppet dictator whose expiration date had arrived leaving behind many unanswered questions. (Updated: Jan, 5, 2008)

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