The graves of Saddam Hussein's two sons Uday and Qusay are covered in Iraqi flags by members of the family clan in the northern Iraq town of Ouja, near Tikrit. - Gulf News Archives Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

2003 - Two sons of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain, Uday and Qusay Hussain, were killed in a United States raid in northern Iraq, US intelligence officials said. US media reported that 200 troops from the 101st Airborne targeted a compound in the Mosul area where several top Iraqi officials were believed to be holed up. In Mosul, relatives of the compound’s owner, Nawaf Al Zaidan, also said the two Hussains were among the dead. Residents of the area said US helicopters fired more than 20 missiles at the house after clashes broke out when US forces tried to go in and arrest those inside.

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