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  "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A senior person in Saddam Hussain's inner circle, whose antics during the 2003 American war earned him the nickname "Baghdad Bob", and after the downfall of the Ba'ath Party, found himself a large cult following! Take this quiz and find out who, and how.
Tough, 10 Qns, achernar, Sep 02 13
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  Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
Mr. Al-Sahaf was the Iraqi Information Minister. I will give you a quote he made during Operation Iraqi Freedom, you give me the missing word/words from the quote.
Tough, 20 Qns, foxgap, Aug 09 05
421 plays
  December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
December 13, 2003 was a great day to most of the world. I say most because Saddam still has a few supporters. This was the day that Saddam Hussein was captured. How much do you know about one of the world's most disliked men?
Average, 10 Qns, Ilona_Ritter, Jun 03 13
Ilona_Ritter gold member
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  Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The early months of 2003 saw a 'heated' debate about US military interference in Iraq and a lot of fuss was generated about how to remove one man, Saddam Hussein, from power. But what do you know about the man himself?
Tough, 10 Qns, bretton, Jun 26 13
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Iraqi Government Trivia Questions

1. Which was Mr. Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf's hometown?

From Quiz
"Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Hilla

He was born in 1940 in Hilla, near Karbala, which is south of Baghdad, and was one of the few members of Saddam Hussain's inner circle not from the area around his hometowm- Tikrit.

2. "There are no American ____ in Baghdad, never!"

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: infidels

Mr. Al-Sahaf was born in 1940 in Hilla near Karbala, south of Baghdad.

3. What year did Saddam get married, the first time?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: 1963

Saddam married his cousin, Sajida, who was a high school teacher in Baghdad.

4. "Our initial assessment is that they will all ____."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: die

Some in the Western media labeled him 'Comical Ali'.

5. Saddam Hussein was head of the Ba'ath Party who ran Iraq. The official full name of his party was the Arab Ba'ath ____ Party. Which word has been replaced by the blank?

From Quiz Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator

Answer: Socialist

Although Saddam's tyranical regime would not be described by many as socialist (fascist would be a better description), the Ba'ath Party did in the past initiate pseudo-socialist projects by the building of schools and hospitals. Many political groups have used the term socialist in their title and been anything but so. For example the National Socialists (Nazis) hated Marxism, but included the term socialist in order to trick left-wingers into supporting them.

6. Saddam was a member of the Arab Baath Socialist Party. Why was the party originally founded?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: To stop Western influence in Arab nations.

Saddam joined the party in 1955. In 1959 he was heavily involved with the assassination attempt of Iraqi prime minister 'Abd al-Karim Qasim. The party itself, when first formed, followed the ideas of Socialism. They believed in the ideals of Karl Marx, some where along the way, perhaps because Saddam idolized Josef Stalin, something went wrong, and the party became known for being cold blooded killers, amongst other things.

7. What did he want to do before he joined the Ba'ath Party?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Teach English

He studied journalism at university level, and planned to become an English teacher, but he gave that up when he joined Saddam's Baath Party.

8. "God will roast their ____ in Hell at the hands of Iraqis."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: stomachs

Another label Mr. Al-Sahaf received was 'Baghdad Bob' by the press.

9. One of Saddam's sons was named Qusay or Qusai. What was the name of the other?

From Quiz Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator

Answer: Uday

Qusay and Uday were the product of Saddam's marriage to his cousin, Sajida. The younger brother, Qusay, headed the Republican Guard. Uday however was badly injured in an assassination attempt but was still an influential sidekick to Saddam at the outbreak of war.

10. Saddam failed his assassination attempt of Iraqi Prime Minister Abdul Karim Qasim, and fled from Iraq. Where did he go?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: Cairo, Egypt

Saddam fled to Syria and then went to Cairo, Egypt, where he was under the protection of President Abdel Nasser. While in Cairo, he studied law.

11. In which year did he join the Baath Party?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: 1963

He joined the Baath Party in 1963, at the age of 23, 5 years before the Saddam Hussain-led government came into power.

12. "They're coming to surrender or be ____ in their tanks."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: burned

Mr. Al-Sahaf joined the Baath party in 1963.

13. What is Iraq's major source of wealth, which Saddam nationalized when he was vice chairman of the ruling Revolutionary Command Council in 1969?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: oil

Some people believe Saddam worked hard to improve Iraqi's living conditions. He used some of the money that oil brought in to build new schools, factories, and hospitals, although much of it also went directly to him, his sons or to other members of his "inner circle".

14. Between 1963 and 1991, al-Sahaf was head of Iraqi broadcasting for a while, and also an ambassador to the UN and two countries. Which countries were these?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Burma & Sweden

He was a diplomat as well as a journalist, and had a few stints as ambassador to Sweden, Burma and the United Nations between his joining of the Ba'ath Party in 1963 and his becoming foreign minister in 1992.

15. "Be Assured, Baghdad is _____, protected."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: safe

During his Baath Party career he served as Ambassador to Sweden, Burma, the United Nations, and Italy.

16. What year did Saddam become president of Iraq?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: July 16, 1979

Saddam became the formal president of Iraq on July 16, 1979. The year after he became president, Iraq invaded Iran. His attempt was to gain control of the Straight of Hormuz.

17. What ministry was he in charge of between 1992 and 2001?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Foreign

He was given the charge of foreign minister in 1992, which he held till 2001. His tenure spanned the post-Gulf War period of UN Sanctions, and also the eviction of the UN weapons inspectors in 1998.

18. "We are in control, they are not in control of anything-they don't even control _____."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: themselves

In 1991 Mr. Al-Sahaf was appointed to the position of Foreign Minister of Iraq but was removed in 2001 for unknown reason.

19. The Iran-Iraq war cost Saddam a lot of money. So he decided to have another country help. This is a small country, with a big oil source. Which country did Iraq invade in 1990?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: Kuwait

George Bush launched Operation Desert Storm to help the people of Kuwait. Many Americans complained then that we didn't get Saddam, why we didn't I do not know. I only trust that Bush had his reasons as he knew more than I did. However, Saddam did retreat out of Kuwait.

20. In his latter years, he was often compared unfavourably with his predecessor, who was the then-Deputy Prime Minister. Who was this man?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Tariq Aziz

Tariq Aziz was the Baath Government's information minister before al-Sahaf, and he became the Deputy Prime Minister after the end of the Gulf War. al-Sahaf was often compared unfavourably with him. The head of the then-opposition Haidar Ahmed said that al-Sahaf was disliked from within the party for his 'opportunism' and he gained a reputation as a 'party lackey'.

21. "We have them ____ in their tanks."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: surrounded

In the West Mr. Al-Sahaf was considered to be the 'Mother of Spin' some people believed, or at least hoped, he was telling it the way it really was.

22. What did Saddam refer to the first Gulf War in 1991 as?

From Quiz Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator

Answer: The Mother of All Wars

Despite the fact Iraq was heavily defeated in this war, Saddam has always insisted that Iraq won!

23. Saddam has been accused of hiding WMD. What does WMD stand for?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: Weapons of mass destruction

In 2003, it was claimed that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and on March 20, 2003, the United States began the war on Iraq 90 minutes after George W. Bush's deadline for Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq expired. Throughout the war, weapons of mass destruction were never found.

24. Which person was mainly responsible for al-Sahaf's exit as foreign minister?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Uday Hussain

Saddam's son Uday forced al-Sahaf to quit being the foreign minister in April 2001, after he blamed the Iraqi delegation at the Arab Summit for failing to secure a joint stand against the UN Sanctions by all the Arab countries.

25. "The American ______ is all about lies! All they tell is lies, lies, and more lies."

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: press

At one point early in the war Mr. Al-Sahaf said American soldiers were giving booby-trapped pencils to Iraqi children.

26. In 1980 Saddam launched the Iran-Iraq War which was to last eight years and cost the lives of 400,000 Iraqis. (mainly soldiers). How many Iranians were killed in this conflict?

From Quiz Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator

Answer: 600,000

When Saddam launched this war for the territory, he thought it would be quick and easy as he thought the Iranians were weak. Soon things got so bad for the Iraqi invasion that Saddam decided to start gassing thousands of Iranian soldiers.

27. Along with 'Baghdad Bob', what other nickname did he earn as information minister during the 2003 American invasion of Iraq?

From Quiz "Baghdad Bob": Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

Answer: Comical Ali

He earned the nickname 'Comical Ali' by the media because of his far-fetched and extraordinarily optimistic and upbeat comments about his Government's situation during the 2003 American invasion. The name 'Comical Ali' was derived from 'Chemical Ali', a name that was given to Ali Hassan al-Majid for his role in using chemical weapons in the ethnic cleansing of Kurds in northern Iraq. His daily televised briefings during the war caused a lot of amusement the world over, and even some confusion regarding how well the war was going. Some of his more well-known and humourous quotes: "We are not afraid of the Americans. Allah has condemned them. They are stupid. They are stupid" (dramatic pause) "and they are condemned." "I can say, and I am responsible for what I am saying, that they have started to commit suicide under the walls of Baghdad. We will encourage them to commit more suicides quickly." "I blame Al-Jazeera - they are marketing for the Americans!" "The authority of the civil defense ... issued a warning to the civilian population not to pick up any of those pencils because they are booby traps," he said, adding that the British and American forces were "immoral mercenaries" and "war criminals" for such behaviour. "I am not talking about the American people and the British people," he said. "I am talking about those mercenaries. ... They have started throwing those pencils, but they are not pencils, they are booby traps to kill the children." "There are no American infidels in Baghdad. Never!" And now for the ultimate irony: "Lying is forbidden in Iraq. President Saddam Hussein will tolerate nothing but truthfulness as he is a man of great honor and integrity. Everyone is encouraged to speak freely of the truths evidenced in their eyes and hearts." His quotes have even given him a large cult following, with a few websites dedicated entirely for him, such as the famous! There are also DVDs, T-shirts, coffee-mugs, and other articles with pictures of him on sale along with his (in)famous quotes! Even after his capture on June 25, 2003, he said that he "had no regrets" about the remarks he'd made during the War with America, and that the "full truth" would only be revealed after he wrote his book. (June 28, 2003)

28. "Because we will _____ you all!"

From Quiz Quotes From Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf

Answer: behead

Mr. Al-Sahaf was a Shia Muslim in a Sunni dominated government.

29. In 1979, Saddam Hussein replaced Amhed Hussan Bakr as President of Iraq. In which way exactly did he replace Amhed?

From Quiz Saddam Hussein - The Iraqi Dictator

Answer: He was simply appointed when Bakr fell ill.

In 1963 the Ba'ath Party Saddam belonged to came to power, only to be overthrown a few months later. Saddam was jailed until 1968 when the Ba'ath Party came back to power and Saddam took a key governmental role. In 1979 Saddam replaced the ailing Amhed Hussan Bakr. (BBC News website)

30. On MSNBC, a TV station in the United States, they showed clips of the people in Iraq after Saddam was captured. What were the people yelling?

From Quiz December 14, 2003: A Day to Remember

Answer: "Death to Saddam!"

On December 13, 2003, Saddam was captured without a single gunshot being fired. The people in Iraq have been filled with joy. Saddam has kept them captive and scared in their own land for over three decades.

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