Saturday, August 18, 2012

Iraqi who is now treated like royalty for digging hole that hid Saddam from American forces for months

In 2003, Saddam Hussein was the world's most wanted man, but in the face of the full force of the U.S. army his fiercely loyal former driver offered to help the toppled dictator.

It is claimed that Alaa Namiq's links with the brutal leader started in 1959 with Saddam being born in a village just to the north of Mr Namiq's home of Dawr in central northern Iraq.

U.S. soldiers correctly concluded that Saddam would return to the base of his power in the tribe lands where he had grown up, but identifying his exact whereabouts still took time.

In tones that oscillate between boastful and reserved, Mr Namiq has spoken for the first time about the assistance he gave to Saddam in the wake of the allied invasion.

'He came here and asked us for help and I said yes. He said, 'You might be captured and tortured,'

'But in our Arab tribal tradition, and by Islamic law, when someone needs help, we help him,' Mr Namiq was reported as saying in The Washington Post. Read More