Targeting Saddam's Inner Circle

U.S. bombs are focusing on the loyalists closest to the Iraqi dictator, including his two sons and the cousin who directed the lethal 1988 gas attack on the Kurds


Saddam Hussein was perhaps too wily--or paranoid or superstitious--to name a successor to his throne. But in recent years it had become clear that the heir apparent was his second son, Qusay, 37. In the prelude to Gulf War II, Saddam appointed Qusay to command the defense of four key regions, including the cities of Baghdad and Tikrit, the family's tribal home and power base.

So as the regime crumbles under the relentless onslaught of the coalition, few Baath Party leaders have as much reason to mourn as young Qusay does. Over the past decade, the...

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