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SADDAM'S SONS-IN-LAW SLAIN BY CLAN MEMBERS IN GUNBATTLE.



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Two defector sons-in-law of President Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein

(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres.
 were killed by clan members who stormed their residence Friday - three days after their return from exile and a day after their wives divorced them - according to according to
prep.
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.

2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

3.
 the Iraqi News Agency.

The two, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel Hussein Kamel Hassan al-Majid (Arabic: حسين كامل حسن الماجد) (died February 23, 1996) was the son-in-law and second cousin of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.  al-Majid and his brother Saddam Kamel Saddam Kamel Hassan al-Majid was the second cousin and son-in-law of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

He was married to Rana Hussein and was the brother of Hussein Kamel (who was also married to a daughter of Saddam, Raghad Hussein).
 al-Majid, had vowed to topple the Iraqi leader during their six-month stay in Jordan.

When they returned home Tuesday with their wives, both daughters of Saddam, the Iraqi government said they were welcomed back as "ordinary" citizens.

But their welcome was short-lived.

Their wives divorced them Thursday, the news agency said. On Friday, relatives of the two men declared that their "blood should be shed due to their treason to the homeland," the news agency reported.

Clan members - members of their extended families - then stormed the al-Majid residence in Baghdad and killed the brothers in a gunbattle, the agency said, citing sources in the Interior Ministry.

The father of the al-Majids and a third brother also were killed in the clash. Two other clan members were killed and an unspecified number were injured, according to the news agency.

"Competent authorities are now investigating the incident," the agency added, citing the Interior Ministry.

Iraqi society has a long history of violence, and disputes are sometimes settled by the gun. The country also has a tradition of "honor killings" carried out within the family when one or more members are perceived to have stained the family's honor. This informal system of punishment is centuries old in Iraq, and generally tolerated by authorities.

When the al-Majids defected to Jordan in August they were the highest-ranking members of the inner circle to depart. It was a major embarrassment to Saddam at a time when the country's 20 million people were suffering from the hardships of United Nations sanctions imposed after Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait The Invasion of Kuwait, also known as the Iraq-Kuwait War, was a major conflict between the Republic of Iraq and the State of Kuwait which resulted in the 7 month long Iraqi occupation of Kuwait[4] .

Hussein Kamel al-Majid had been in charge of Iraq's secret weapons program; his brother was deputy head of the Iraqi leader's palace guard.

But the defections never threatened Saddam Hussein's rule, and the al-Majids were shunned by Iraqi opposition The Iraqi opposition can refer to three things:
  • Pre-2003: Iraqi anti-Saddam groups were composed of a number of groups in Iraq opposed to the Saddam regime.
 groups because of their close links to the Iraqi leader.

Earlier Friday, the Iraqi News Agency announced that his daughters had divorced the al-Majids, who were described as "failed traitors."

"They are refusing to stay married to men who betrayed the homeland, the trust and the lofty values of their noble families and kinsfolk," the agency said of Raghad and Rana, who were married to Hussein and Saddam Kamel al-Majid respectively.

The women made no public statement during their time in Jordan.

However, there were unconfirmed reports that they had been duped by their husbands into thinking they were going on holiday when they left Iraq by road to Jordan in August.

King Hussein Noun 1. King Hussein - king of Jordan credited with creating stability at home and seeking peace with Israel (1935-1999)
ibn Talal Hussein, Husain, Husayn, Hussein
 of Jordan, who initially threw his weight behind the defectors, later kept them at arm's length arm's length adj. the description of an agreement made by two parties freely and independently of each other, and without some special relationship, such as being a relative, having another deal on the side or one party having complete control of the other. .

Before they returned to Iraq, the defectors said that "reforms" by Saddam's government had encouraged them to go home.

In addition, sources in contact with the defectors said their wives had become homesick home¬∑sick ¬†
adj.
Acutely longing for one's family or home.



homesick
 and wanted to go back.

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Date:Feb 24, 1996
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