September 17, 1997 in Nation/World

Saddam Up The River


Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, above foreground, showed his stamina - physical and political - Tuesday, crossing the Tigris River three times to open a swimming competition. The event was held to commemorate his escape across the fabled river in 1959 after participating in a failed attempt to assassinate the prime minister at that time, Abdul Karim Kassim.

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