May 17, 2003 |
The most famous soccer star on the best team in Iraq played a mediocre match Friday and lost, along with his teammates, to a far less talented cross-town rival. But when the drubbing was over, Laith Hussein could not stop smiling. "I'm going home," he said. Just months ago, such a defeat could have earned the soccer star a ride to prison on a bus with blacked-out windows, courtesy of Saddam Hussein's son Uday.
May 8, 2003 |
The Iraqi Olympic Committee headed by Uday Hussein, the eldest son of Saddam Hussein, is out of the Olympic movement and will be replaced by a newly chartered group, the president of the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday. The IOC's ethics commission recommended the ouster after investigating allegations -- first made public in December by a London-based human rights group -- that athletes were being tortured by the Iraqi Olympic Committee, led by Uday Hussein.
September 8, 2009 |
This night at the Hunting Club, Qassim Sultan doesn't come on till 1 a.m. Because he wants life to be like the old days. He wants people to dance till 5 in the morning. He just has to stand on the stage and they move for him, the way they did at parties on cruise boats down the Tigris River before the war. In the crowd, women who look like Bettie Page, all jet-black hair and thick blue eye shadow, dance with men in double-breasted khaki suits. A chain of couples swing their hands high and kick their feet, grinning giddily, perhaps slightly tipsy from the beers and whiskeys at their tables.
November 21, 2002 |
U.S. planes bombed three air-defense communications facilities in southern Iraq on Wednesday after Iraqi gunners fired missiles and artillery at the aircraft, U.S. officials said. The strikes hit facilities between Al Kut, about 100 miles southeast of Baghdad, and Basra, 275 miles southeast of the capital. An Iraqi military spokesman said U.S. and British planes bombed "civilian and service installations" in Basra province. No casualties were reported. U.S.
May 24, 2003 |
Lions once kept in a private zoo by a son of ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein will be moved out of Baghdad to start a new life in the South African bush, animal welfare groups said Friday. The animals, a lioness, her six cubs and two year-old lions, will be relocated to two South African game reserves in the hope that they will form new prides. "Lions never lose their instinct to hunt. But they have to get fit first," said Louise Joubert, founder of the SanWild Wildlife Trust.
February 6, 2004 |
In a move that highlights the intent of senior U.S., international and Olympic officials to have an Iraqi team take part in the 2004 Summer Games in Athens, the U.S. Olympic Committee said Thursday that it would play host at its Colorado headquarters to an Iraqi wrestling delegation training for the Games. Four Iraqi wrestlers and two coaches will arrive soon at the USOC's Colorado Springs base for an "extended training program," the USOC said.
July 13, 2003 |
The archers came to hit the bull's-eye, help Iraq reenter international athletic competition ... and shop. Members of Iraq's National Archery Team, who were brought to the United States as the Bush administration's first sports initiative after the downfall of Saddam Hussein, took part in an American-style news conference on Saturday.
February 28, 2004 |
The International Olympic Committee readmitted Iraq as a member in good standing Friday, ensuring that Iraqi athletes will march behind the Iraqi flag Aug. 13 at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Games. The IOC's executive board lifted the suspension it had imposed in May, after reports of abuse in Iraq directed at athletes and coaches by Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's son. Uday Hussein, for years the president of the Iraqi Olympic Committee, was killed in July in a firefight with U.S.
June 4, 2003 |
A former Fox News technician who took a dozen paintings from an Iraqi palace and brought them into the United States pleaded guilty to smuggling Tuesday. Benjamin James Johnson, 27, of Alexandria could be sentenced to up to five years in federal prison for the single count, but his attorney, Christopher Amolsch, said prosecutors have indicated they will not seek jail time. The paintings were taken from the palace of Uday Hussein, one of Saddam Hussein's sons.
January 30, 2004 |
Amid extraordinary security concerns, an Iraqi Olympic Committee was formally put together and its officers elected Thursday, a key measure in having an Iraqi team take part in the Summer Olympics in August. A number of other steps remain before Iraq takes part in the Aug. 13 opening ceremony in Athens. For one, the International Olympic Committee -- which last May suspended the Iraqi committee, led by Uday Hussein, son of Saddam Hussein -- must now formally recognize the new Iraqi committee.