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Saddam's Iraq: Key events
Saddam Hussein has risen from an impoverished youth to a ruthless ruler. His turbulent history has seen him transformed from the West's ally to one of its most demonised and feared enemies.

As war continues in Iraq, BBC News Online traces the Iraqi leader's rise to power, his rule and wars with his neighbours.

Click on the events on the right to read more.

Saddam's rise: 1957-79
Iran-Iraq war: 1980-88
Gulf War: 1991
Aftermath: From 1991
Sanctions: 1991-2002
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