News Jailed Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies after heart attack

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    Tariq Aziz, known as the face of Saddam Hussein's regime on the world stage for many years, has died in an Iraqi hospital, officials say.

    Aziz, 79, served as foreign minister and deputy prime minister and was a close adviser to the former leader.

    He was sentenced to death by the Iraqi Supreme Court in 2010 for the persecution of religious parties under Saddam's rule but was never executed.

    He surrendered to US troops in 2003 shortly after the fall of Baghdad.

    A local health official told reporters that he was taken to hospital from prison after suffering a heart attack. Initial reports said he had died in prison.

    He had long been in poor health, suffering from heart and respiratory problems, high blood pressure and diabetes, and his family repeatedly called for his release from custody.

    His wife, Violet, had visited him in prison on Thursday, their daughter Zeinab told the AP news agency.

    She said her father had suffered several strokes that left him confined to a wheelchair and unable to speak during her parents' final meeting.

    "He didn't move. He couldn't talk. He didn't say a word to her. He just looked at her," said Zeinab, adding: "It is so sad that he had to go this way."

    'Eight of spades'
    Aziz, who was known for his black-rimmed glasses and love of cigars, first came to prominence while serving as foreign minister during the first Gulf War in 1991.

    As a Christian in a mainly Sunni Muslim government, he was not considered a member of Saddam Hussein's innermost circle.

    A fluent English speaker, he played a vocal role before the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, meeting Pope John Paul II in the Vatican to call for peace.

    But when Baghdad fell, his lack of influence was reflected in his lowly ranking as the eight of spades in the US military's famous "deck of cards" used to identify the most-wanted players in Saddam's regime.

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    Tariq Aziz was one of the most visible of Saddam Hussein's lieutenants and, it seems, one of the most loyal.

    He frequently represented Iraq on the international stage, speaking fluent English and giving a monstrous regime an urbane, often charming face. And like Saddam, he was often seen puffing on fat Cuban cigars.

    When Iraq found itself in dock, as it did after its invasion of Kuwait in 1990, it invariably fell to Tariq Aziz to explain Saddam's actions to an exasperated world. He did it doggedly, often infuriatingly, for decades.

    As an ethnic Chaldean from northern Iraq, he was also the only Christian member of Saddam's entourage, which made him useful as an envoy for an secular regime. It also made him an outsider in Baghdad.

    Western diplomats never doubted his loyalty to Saddam, but wondered how much he really knew about his master's secrets.

    In 2009, Aziz was sentenced to 15 years for the execution of 42 Iraqi traders who had been accused of manipulating food prices while Iraq was subject to international trade sanctions.

    Five months later, he was sentenced to another seven years in prison for his role in the forced displacement of Kurds.

    Despite being sentenced to death in 2010, there never seemed any huge pressure to carry out the sentence, according to BBC Arab affairs editor Sebastian Usher.
     
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    Goodnight, funnyman!!
     
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    He was the face of Iraq. Also, it always amazed me that he was a Christian.
     
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    Apple the cat Moral conscience of the Shed

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    Yes, that is an amazing fact. How he got into such a prominent position being a Christian is mind boggling.
     
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    God I feel old. Any news about Saddam or his cabinet feels so late 90s early 2000.
     
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    He said that if the US invaded Iraq that a Pandora's box would be opened.
     
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    His regime was tribal not religious.
     
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    Strap his dead body to a bomb and drop it on ISIS
     
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    Ironically he probably lived longer than if Saddam had stayed in power. Dictators don't usually retire underlings who fall out of favor.
     
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    Which was what they were supported for so long.
     
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    Yes. That was interesting. But Iraq was rather secular under Saddam. It wasn't until cowboy Bush came along that they became a religious state. Still, to have a Christian as a loyal cabinet member is something unheard of in that area.
     
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    Meh... I couldn't care less. Fuckem! :coffee:
     
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    Not even Saddam was that religious. It was all propaganda.
     
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    he was part of a machine that kept all kinds of animals under heel it seems in hindsight

    rip my friend
     
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    I miss this guy. He was a worse liar than Stern. During the Gulf War he used to have press conferences, stating that the US soldiers were being killed by the thousands, and every last Iraqi , women and children, would fight to the death - even if it meant fighting with kitchen knives.
    After the 100 hour war, 73 Americans died. Most of the Iraqi soldiers stripped off their uniforms and surrendered.
     
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    Aziz later said that was a misquote.....he actually said a "box of Padrons would be opened".
     
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    No, it isn't uncommon. Syria, Jordan, Palestine (prominent Christian woman amongst their ranks), Lebanon, of course. It's actually very common. Neo con scum took over foreign policy and everything went to shit.

    Look for Syria to be the next to have their secular govt go to shit if the neo cons get their way. Way to go, GOP... holding onto that same fucked up policy that got us into the mess in the first place worked so well, let's play two! Be sure to continue to show everyone you haven't learned a fucking thing from the last go around.
     
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    "You know Robin, I was just about to write Tareq Aziz a beautiful note when Beth came down the stairs..."