Fedayeen Saddam

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Noun1.Fedayeen Saddam - a feared paramilitary unit formed in 1995 by young soldiers to serve Saddam Hussein against domestic opponents
paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit - a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)
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He was knowledgeable in military matters as he had been a soldier in the Egyptian army, and allegedly fought in Iraq with a group called Fedayeen Saddam.
Hundreds of demonstrators from the Sadrist Movement gathered yesterday at Sadrain Square in Najaf to protest against the secretary general of the Dawa Party, Nouri al-Maliki's comments, which follow the Sadrists, who shut down the headquarters of political parties in a number of provinces describing them of being Baathists and Fedayeen Saddam. / End
"This funded a system of patronage, much of it distributed through mosques, that maintained a series of militias directly loyal to the ruler, like the Fedayeen Saddam and the Sunni liibes, as a hedge against any repeat of the 1991 Shiite revolt," Orton wrote.
Ministers Apr 7 approved a draft amendment that would allow Baath party branch chiefs, or firqa-level members, to rejoin the civil service, and would provide for pension payments for many members of the Fedayeen Saddam, a paramilitary organization loyal to the executed leader.
Al-Nakhel news agency quoted informed political sources in Iraq as saying that Bahraini opposition leaders have informed Baghdad authorities that several members of the former Fedayeen Saddam (Devotees of Saddam) group and Ba'athists are cooperating with the Saudi forces in the clampdown on the people in Bahrain.
He had led a division named Fedayeen Saddam, founded by his father, which was notorious for its brutal practices.
For 20 years, such ''support'' included using Fedayeen Saddam training camps to school terrorists, especially Palestinians but also non-Iraqis ''directly associated'' with al Qaeda, continuing up to the fall of Baghdad.
The authors could find no evidence that Saddam had constituted paramilitary forces (i.e., the Fedayeen Saddam, the Al-Quds Army, and the Ba'ath militias) for the purpose of counter-occupation operations, simply because he did not anticipate that Iraq would be occupied by Coalition forces.
forces did not initially confront, as they had been led to expect, either the demoralized regular army or Saddam's Republican Guard but rather the highly motivated Fedayeen Saddam: "The enemy faced by U.S.
Though Abu Zainab had never served with the elite Fedayeen Saddam, his 17 years of service in the Iraqi army helped him sound "convincing with a little training," says Haider.
My mission was to neutralize the organized criminal threat and the remaining Fedayeen Saddam and Baath Party forces operating in the region, in conjunction with the 3d ACR and the 2d Brigade Spartans of the 3d Infantry Division (ID).
Zarqawi, in other words, also represents the "werewolf" version of the old Baath system, in particular of the wing once known as "Fedayeen Saddam".