Jaysit From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
Chris Hitchens will be elated !
Saddam had imprisoned and killed members of Aziz's family, to keep Aziz in line with the regime's policy. Aziz was one of the few members of his government who could present a rational, sophisticated face to the world.
TechRep From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1157 times:
Tariq is the only Christian in Saddams Inner Circle. He is Catholic.
President's younger son, 36. Heir apparent and a trusted confidant.He has wide-ranging powers over Iraq's military apparatus, including the Republican Guard, intelligence and internal security.
Saddam's kitchen cabinet keeps quiet
Abed Hamid Mahmoud
Saddam Hussein's personal secretary, who comes from his home town, Tikrit.
Ali Hassan al-Majid
The president's cousin is known as 'chemical Ali' for his involvement in atrocities against the Kurds.A leading participant in the 1996 family massacre after President Saddam's son-in-law, Hussein Kamil, defected to Jordan, betrayed Iraq's weapons secrets, and then returned to Baghdad.
Deputy chairman of the revolutionary command council, close to Saddam Hussein.
Deputy prime minister, has survived as an adviser for more than 20 years. Mr Aziz was born to a Christian family in 1936. Some attribute his survival to hsi lack of a power base in Iraq, which means he presents no threat to President Saddam.
Taha Yassin Ramadan
Hawkish vice-president, one of Saddam Hussein's key foreign policy advisers.
Foreign minister and a key member of President Saddam's inner circle.
Racko From Germany, joined Nov 2001, 4887 posts, RR: 19
Reply 16, posted (13 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 986 times:
A German TV correspodent in Baghdad has just reported that she personally saw Aziz today in Baghdad, apparently he visited the few remaining journalists there to show them that he's still with his government. The Video uplinks have been closed down in Baghdad btw.