Uday Hussein Biography
(Saddam Hussein’s Son)
Birthday: June 18, 1964 (Gemini)
Born In: Tikrit
Uday Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti was the eldest of the two sons of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and the founder of the Fedayeen Saddam, a paramilitary force that was loyal to Saddam’s Ba'athist government. Known for his extravagant and erratic, violent behaviour, Uday was presumed by many to be his father’s successor but later was replaced by his younger brother Qusay, who had culminated a public image of being poised and collected. Uday was born during his father’s imprisonment and apparently was a good student throughout his academic life, graduating with a degree in engineering. He gained notoriety due to multiple allegations of rape, murder, torture, and corruption. After he killed his father’s favourite servant Kamel Hana Gegeo in 1988, Uday fell out of his father’s favour. Initially imprisoned and sentenced to death, he was later sent to Switzerland. In 1990, he returned to Iraq and held several positions in the subsequent years, including the chairmanship of the Iraqi Olympic Committee and the Iraq Football Association. Uday survived an assassination attempt in 1996, but it left him with a permanent and noticeable limp. In 2003, the United States-led coalition attacked Iraq, accusing it of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction. Dubbed as Operation Iraqi Freedom, the ensuing war saw the decisive defeat of Iraqi forces and the deposition of Saddam Hussein. Following this, Uday, alongside Qusay and Qusay’s son Mustapha, was killed at their house in Mosul by Task Force 20 after a three-hour gunfight.