Saddam and the Islamic State: family connections


Originally posted by The New Arab

Earlier this week on Tuesday, the Kirkuk police department announced that a cousin of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been arrested south of the city on charges of participating in recent attacks launched in the province by the Islamic State.

But according to The Henry Jackson Society even before this date both of Sabawi’s sons Ayman and Ibrahim had already come under US sanctions for their association with a shady paramilitary group called Fedayeen Saddam that arose after the US-invasion of 2001, and was loyal to Saddam before many members consequently migrated towards IS.

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