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    Saddam’s Paranoid Thoughts Revealed

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ - OCTOBER 17: Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein adjusts his headphones as he listens to testimony from a witness during his trial held in Baghdad?s heavily fortified Green Zone on October 17, 2006, Baghdad, Iraq. Hussein and six co-defendants have been on trial since August 21, 2006 for the Anfal campaign of bombings and gas attacks against Kurdish rebels in 1987-1988. It is believed the Anfal campaign left up to 180,000 dead. (Photo by David Furst-Pool/Getty Images)

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    A massive trove of documents recovered during the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 give a highly unusual look into the most intimate thoughts of a foreign leader and his government. The documents, which include notes and recorded meetings, remain mostly classified, but the government has released a portion of the collection to outside researchers. Among the revelations: Saddam Hussein had a conspiratorial view of the Reagan administration, and believed the U.S. had sold arms to Iran in order to prolong the Iran-Iraq War in 1986. He badly misread a meeting with American diplomat April Glaspie, which led him to believe the U.S. would stand by when he invaded Kuwait in 1990.

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