30 Facts About the Rise and Fall of Saddam Hussein, the Butcher of Baghdad

Khairallah Talfah; Iraqi politician, Uncle of Saddam Hussein, and father of Adnan Khairallah. Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain.

29. His Uncle Raised Him

Sabha tried to abort her unborn child and commit suicide. When he was born, she wanted nothing to do with him and handed him over to her brother’s family to raise him. His uncle helped influence the political ideologies, particularly nationalism and a hatred of Kurds and Shi’as, that he would hold to.