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Saddam's Inbox Hacked

jamie posted more than 11 years ago | from the in-order-to-have-your-advice dept.

Security 764

MotorMachineMercenar writes "Wired News is reporting that Saddam Hussein's email account (press@uruklink.net) has been hacked into. The account had a five-letter login with the same password. Messages in his inbox sent from all over the world included everything from death threats to business propositions to offers to sell him WMDs. A choice quote from the article: 'One AOL user sent Saddam a one-word message: 'Imminent.' Attached to the Aug. 6 e-mail was a photograph of an atomic mushroom cloud.' I wonder what the login was." You'd think it was "press," password "press," but if it were that obvious I think someone would have said so.

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Typical Ignorant Muslim (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548340)

No wonder they try to destroy mankind's achievements at every available opportunity.

what (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548341)

you really think he personally reads that account? asshole probably can't even use a computer at all without wanting to shoot or gas it.

Re:what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548385)

What kind of computers does he have? Wasn't Iraq not allowed to import playstations, because they could make weapons tracking systems with them..?

(Obviously he can probably get any physical item he wants, but who's going to send HIM e-mail (other than enemies from out of state)?).

Moderators still don't know what redundant means (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548398)

This was post number two. In order to be redundant, post number one would have had to have already made this point. Can I remind you that post number one said:
Typical Ignorant Muslim (Score:-1, Flamebait)
by Anonymous Coward on Mon 28 Oct 04:46PM (#4548340)
No wonder they try to destroy mankind's achievements at every available opportunity.

[ Reply to This | Parent ]

Re:Moderators still don't know what redundant mean (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548462)

Perhaps if they changed the option to "Repeat" or "Already seen it" then it'd work better?

Re:Moderators still don't know what redundant mean (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548533)

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Re:what (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548511)

> asshole probably can't even use a computer at all without wanting to shoot or gas it

Clearly the UN deliberations are missing such acute and poigant insight .. I think if the UN was privvy to this juicy factoid, the US 'd have a tough resolution for Iraq in no time.

Yep.. Almost first post. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548343)

Yep.. Almost first post.

fp (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548345)


Other good news for Saddam (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548355)

Mr. Jambunju of Nigeria needs his help getting his family's money out of the country, and if Saddam helps, he will get half of it.

Plus, thanks to the miracle of herbal viagra, he'll soon be able to sustain an erection all night, and please many women in bed!

Fake? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548359)

How could this be real? He's the most hated man in America, several years running. For that to happen... I can't beleive it. It's just a little "out there."

hmmm (5, Funny)

pizza_milkshake (580452) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548363)

hmmm Saddam wasn't using AOL? he may be more dangerous than we thought.

Re:hmmm (2, Funny)

hebertpa (457332) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548448)

Yes but even AOL users can choose better passwords

Re:hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548540)

not by the average intelligence study done on AOL users

unless . . . (1, Funny)

EEgopher (527984) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548487)

What if he were unix-proficient?

"Orders, my Oily Commander?"

"Yes, kill -9 -1 those yankees."

We should feed our American troops copious amounts of WhoopAss. Thinkgeek will make a fortune!

Re:hmmm (3, Funny)

C0LDFusion (541865) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548500)

Of course not. Haven't you heard? Iraq OnLine is the 137,000,000th hottest internet service provider, serving all of 2 people (Saddam and the hacker)for the past decade! And it's growing fast! With new Dictator Controls, it's easier for Saddam to choose what access you have. And e-mail is a snap. Just ask the guy who hacked his inbox!

Hoax? (5, Interesting)

RAMMS+EIN (578166) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548364)

I can't help but think this is bogus. What exactly is _Saddam_'s Inbox? Does _he_ read that mail, or do his subordinates? Anyway...interesting, no matter if it's true or not.

Re:Hoax? (3, Insightful)

Unknown Bovine Group (462144) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548430)

I agree. A hoax or an intentional plant on Hussein's part. I immediately thought of the "orgy of evidence" line from Minority Report.

On the other hand, if it's true, whomever "hacked" the account and told the press probably only duplicated a hack already done by the NSA, and caused Saddam to close the hole. Good job, bonehead!

Re:Hoax? (5, Insightful)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548444)

Well, like the article says, the address is the Iraqi equivalent of "president@whitehouse.gov". (As opposed to "president@whitehouse.com", which is something quite different. ;) So what it means, no doubt, is that a bunch of low-level employees do a first pass through it, filter out all the spam and death threats, then pass it onto their slightly less low-level superiors, who filter out most of the rest of it and write up summaries, then pass it on ... [repeat n times] ... until Saddam gets a one-page summary on his desk and maybe a couple of really interesting letters, like the one from an American to which he (supposedly) wrote a personal reply.

Iraq's government is very, very different from ours in a lot of ways (duh) but it's still a government, and thus a bureaucracy, and all bureaucracies have certain aspects in common. The people who read the e-mail addressed to "press@uruklink.net" and those who read the e-mail addressed to "president@whitehouse.gov" would probably be able to fit quite nicely into each other's jobs.

Re:Hoax? (3, Funny)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548557)

Duh! Saddam doesn't read his email, one of the "Saddam Lookalikes" reads the email, and occasionally responds... so I guess you could call them "Saddam Typealikes".

Re:Hoax? (3, Funny)

dattaway (3088) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548564)

Its a hoax until I see links to mirrors of his inbox. It would be for historical purposes of course...

Re:Hoax? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548590)

Maybe it was hacked by Junti in Afghanistan, using an old commodore 64 and a Baywatch DiVX. Then again maybe Junti is Saddam. Maybe we can get a comment from Mr. Katz about it?

All Saddam's email are belong to us! (5, Funny)

leviramsey (248057) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548365)

Hack inbox for great justice

Seriously, when are people going to learn that short usernames with the username as the password are a bad idea? Maybe the US should bomb everybody whose email is stupidly secured like that?

Re:All Saddam's email are belong to us! (0)

Branc0 (580914) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548388)

That would be a great way to reduce bandwidhth costs...

Re:All Saddam's email are belong to us! (5, Funny)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548393)

Maybe the US should bomb everybody whose email is stupidly secured like that?

I think you mean the US should set him up the bomb.

Better not... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548417)

...cause that woyuld apply to half the western world as well..


Re:All Saddam's email are belong to us! (-1, Troll)

ygagnon (158867) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548426)

For democraty and human rights; we'd rather be attacking Dubya

FP (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548366)


hilarious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548367)

not..is this a slow news day or something? what's with these stories bashing out favorite targets?

grow up editors.

fist iraqi post (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548370)

Eat it motherfuckers!


Nigger timer (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548371)

First post but the shit penalizes you for fast typing!!!!! Death, death was the user/password

Security (2, Interesting)

monthos (591823) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548376)

If Only his security for the weapon inspections were so easily avoided.

Surprising noone made a custom email virus to forward all his emails to that said person or find out any 'plans' he might be making....

Re:Security (2)

caesar-auf-nihil (513828) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548521)

What makes you think they didn't? I guess it depends on who exactly hacked the account - a pro-isreali hacker, a mischief maker, or a US govt hacker.

Re:Security (2)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548572)

You have to wonder if this was the source of all the Credible Electronic Sources.

I do hope the NSA has stuff more sophisticated than this. I mean, a reporter could have figured this one out. Hey wait, a reporter did...


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548377)

If I ever meet Ben fucking Franklin, I WILL KICK HIS ASS!

Password (5, Funny)

swordboy (472941) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548379)

The strange thing is that he uses the exact same password that I use on my luggage!


Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548441)

Please explain.

Re:I DON'T GET IT - Not a movie buff? (1)

saskboy (600063) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548534)

I think a joke from Hot Shots part Deux would be more appropriate than one from Space Balls.
Something like:
"Saddam uses Saharan Wrap on his computer to save his email SPAM".

Yeah....how do you know that was his account? (1)

gear02 (621135) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548383)

I mean, it's not like he labels his account with his name or anything... Better question, how did they know that was his account in the first place (before hacking)

Re:Yeah....how do you know that was his account? (5, Informative)

cdrudge (68377) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548449)

If you would read the article about 5 paragraphs down, it tell you:
It's not clear whether Saddam uses e-mail or even knows how to operate a personal computer. But scores of people write to him each week at press@uruklink.net, the e-mail address listed on the official homepage of the Iraqi presidency since at least October 2000.

I'm going to guess that "the e-mail address listed on the offical homepage of the Iraqi presidency" would be a good indicator it belongs to him.

Nice Try (1, Funny)

ShwAsasin (120187) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548384)

I think Saddam reads his mail about as much as Microsoft reads their complaints email. If either accounts really exist!

Password? in english? (5, Insightful)

Jonny Balls (543700) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548386)

Don't you think his password wouldn't be in ENGLISH?

Re:Password? in english? (2, Funny)

vee-dub.net (305865) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548592)


[me@myhost me]$ telnet mail.uruklink.net 110
Connected to mail.uruklink.net.
Escape character is '^]'.
+OK X1 NT-POP3 Server mail.uruklink.net (IMail 7.07 39961-78)
user press
+OK send your password
pass press
-ERR Invalid userid/password
+OK POP3 Server saying Good-Bye
Connection closed by foreign host.
[me@myhost me]$


WMD (3, Informative)

po8 (187055) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548389)

WMD = Weapon of Mass Destruction. Not obvious, IMHO.

Re:WMD (2)

Mr. Sketch (111112) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548424)

Thanks. In all seriousness I thought it was some type of spam and I was trying to figure it out. The best I could come up with was Wonderous Money Deal.

Re:WMD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548485)

IMHO = In My Honest/Humble Opinion.

For those of you who are still behind on your TLAs and such.

Re:WMD (1)

Rainier Wolfecastle (591298) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548492)

Actually, after hearing the phrase "Weapons of Mass Destruction" over and over and over again over the past couple months, I think that it should be immediately obvious by now.

Re:WMD (5, Funny)

Pike65 (454932) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548520)

Oh OK.

. . . . How exactly do you send someone an e-mail trying to sell them a weapon of mass distruction?

You have been approved.
You can receive a thermo-nuclear warhead!
Did You Know?
-There are No special requirements to obtain these weapons.
-These are weapons that you NEVER have to repay!

Sadam,You Qualify!
Click Here
Limited Time Offer!

you got to be kidding me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548579)

This is +5?

Shee-sus! I knew Slashdotters were apolitical beforehand, but come on... really...

I wonder.... (5, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548391)

Hmm...this would make for a good fark contest: Make a email that might be in Saddam's inbox.

To: Madmn@aol.com
From: GWBush@whitehouse.gov

Subject: Hahahahaha

Prepare your Camels, 'cause we're about to get medeviel on your scud-launching ass. And if you use Bio weapons, you won't stop glowing for a LONG time. And don't think you can bankrupt us. We use weapons on you, we order more, our side gets more jobs. So let us in, or we'll come down on you like the hand of god.

Party on,


Re:I wonder.... (5, Funny)

Malcontent (40834) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548442)

If it mentioned oil I could have sworn dubya himself wrote that email. Grammer mistakes and all.

Re:I wonder.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548582)

G-R-A-M-M-A-R. I'd bet "dubya" could spell it correctly.

Re:I wonder.... (3, Funny)

JoeLinux (20366) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548465)

To: Madmn@aol.com
From: GWBush@whitehouse.gov

Subject: Re: Hahahahaha

Forgot to add: If you are going to send the big bad Republican Guard after us, please be sure to equip them with white flags and THEIR own hand restraints. It was quite annoying last time to have to resort to plastic ties.

Oh, oh, and please pass out white flags. We'd hate to accidently kill one of the many thousands trying to surrender.

And once again, use bio weapons on us, and we'll do something truly evil back: Feed your people. Including the Kurds.

We have food
Are you afraid?
Down with Iraq
Down with Iraq



limekiller4 (451497) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548395)

Yes, but did he get any business propositions from Nigeria.

That's what I want to know.

Scary (0, Troll)

andyring (100627) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548397)

If this is indeed legit, it's scary. Granted, I know there is a lot of pro-Iraq/anti-American sentiment in the world today, particularly in Europe (why, I'll never understand, thank God I'm an American an damn proud of it), but this genuinely looks like aiding and abeting the enemy with some of the messages people have sent him. If I hadn't been medically discharged from the Navy a few years back, I would be proud to help in military action, should it be necessary.

The thing that the world can't seem to get through it's thich ignorant skull is that, contrary to popular belief, President Bush IS NOT itching at the trigger to go in, in fact the administration has made it abundantly clear that not only is military action a last result, the prime goal is to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction, not to simply go in and blow things up for fun. My heart goes out to the Iraqi people for the near-genocide they endure on a daily basis.

Agree or disagree politically with my views, don't mod me down for a difference of opinion.

Re:Scary (5, Insightful)

Iamthefallen (523816) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548528)

Contrary to popular american beliefs, Europe is NOT pro-Iraq, we're just not as keen on resorting to force nowadays since we saw the result of it at home.
The US hasn't in modern times seen widespread destruction on home turf, we still remember it vividly.

If the US could prove to European leaders (and European population) that Iraq is indeed the threat the US makes it out to be, then I'm sure European nations would also support military action and possibly be a part of it, as most have stated, they want a UN mandate first. But, the "He dun tried to kill mah paw" argument isn't that convincing on the European side of the pond.

Re:Scary (5, Insightful)

pubjames (468013) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548611)

Contrary to popular american beliefs, Europe is NOT pro-Iraq, we're just not as keen on resorting to force nowadays since we saw the result of it at home.

Hey guys, just to make the argument clearer could you please make a distinction between Saddam and his cronies and the people/country of Iraq. I'm sure many Europeans (and hopefully Americans) would consider themselves pro-Iraq if we are talking about the country and people, but anti-Iraq if we are talking about Saddam and his cronies.

Re:Scary (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548600)

If you want to understand why there is a sentiment in the world that the average american is a clueless and arrogant idiot, then re-read your previous message.

If you still don't understand, then it just means that there is a large part of truth in the latter sentiment.

Have I been trolled? (5, Interesting)

EvilTwinSkippy (112490) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548401)

Well duh. This is basically the equivilent of someone cracking the "secret" password to Santa's email box on northpole.net.

This isn't Saddam's address. It's his press handlers address. That's like judging me based on the feedback send to my webmaster@foobar.com address.

Re:Have I been trolled? (5, Insightful)

Col. Klink (retired) (11632) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548566)

> That's like judging me...

It's not about judging Sadam but judging the kind of folks that think they're sending him email.

Online dating.. (5, Funny)

DCram (459805) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548406)

How else do you think Saddam got hooked up with Satan! Does anyone else think that Saddam's harsh treatment of satan was just another example of why we should nuke the bastard :)

It just strikes me funny to think of Saddam illegaly downloading mp3's and such and cackling insanely about driving our economy to the brink.

I wonder what Saddam thought about South Park (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548612)

Did Saddam ever see the South Park movie? Did government flunkies keep the news from him? Did he think it was funny? Childish? Offensive? Or did he not care?

Somebody has to know about this.

What does Saddam's SPAM look like?? (5, Funny)

Gefiltefish11 (611646) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548410)

TO: Saddam Hussein or unnamed email recipient

FR: Devry Universit

Subj: Boost your career with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in nuclear technology!!

Woo... (5, Funny)

AlephNot (177467) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548427)

The first time I read the title, I read it as "Saddam's xbox hacked". You can imagine the look of surprise on my face...

Re:Woo... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548455)

That's because you are retarded. You cannot read correctly.

Re:Woo... (2)

imr (106517) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548530)

Well, it looks like redmond could appreciate iraq's laws more than it likes australian's.

The real Question (1, Offtopic)

civik (244978) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548429)

I think the real question is how many offers for Viagra and Sweet, Sweet Teens did he have?

Was the business propisition from Nigeria?

HOAX (2, Flamebait)

InodoroPereyra (514794) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548450)

Oh, yeah, yeah, the president of a country (any president of any country) uses an unsecure email account. Yeah, any time. Saddam doesn't have intelligence agents around, they don't check these things. They are poor, so thet must be ignorant right ? Western arrogance, we really suck.

This is Saddam's press email account (1)

Sirion (579818) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548525)

This account's contents have probably never been read. His use of such an insecure l/p reinforces that. There's no reason to assume this is a hoax.

Re:HOAX (2)

jfengel (409917) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548616)

There interesting part isn't so much his private communications as what people around the world are sending to him. This is the address on his web site. His private address (if he has one) is presumably still unknown; I doubt there are any messages in here from his generals with his war plans. Certainly the article makes no mention.

I have no reason to believe it's a hoax, and it's interesting to know what people around the world are sending to him. It is, strictly speaking, an invasion of their privacy, and there are probably several very embarrassed people out there who don't want the world to know that (for example) they've offered to set Iraq up with 4G wireless technology.

Could it be a plant? (4, Interesting)

CoolVibe (11466) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548459)

As in, something some cockamany person set up to "discredit" Iraq more? I'd really like to take a good long hard deep look at the mail headers of mails in the inbox to check for forged stuff...

I think it's a hoax.

Also found in Saddam's inbox (2, Funny)

Sirion (579818) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548483)

Are some shocking facts and statistics, sent by well known and reputable sources

A few excerpts:

The majority of men have very poor blood circulation to the penis.
By age 29, 96% of men cannot gain erections 1/5 as much as when they were 20.
Over 98% of men would increase the size of their penis if they knew how.
93% of Women have never achieved an orgasm during intercourse, and 76% admit that they are dissatisfied with their partners sexual performance.
99% of all men have a weaker, smaller and underdeveloped penis to what they could possess.

_Saddam's_ inbox? (4, Informative)

crush (19364) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548484)

I don't think so. It's clearly marked "Press". To most minds that would indicate that it is the inbox of some PR team.

Wirless death? (1)

Mishra2002 (564596) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548486)

Is anyone else confused about the Wirless death cannon that can incinerate sections of the atmosphere? Is this Ceo Crazy or did some miraculous advance in wirless technology occur. The guys seems to think it's real because when interviewed he said we'd never sell weapons of mass distruction. If this is real then all this missle defense argument is moot, we already have it.


CIA In Trouble (3, Funny)

isa-kuruption (317695) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548508)

Some CIA agent is now sitting in his office crying because he kept putting off installing that backdoor onto the mail server thinking, "his password will never change!"

According to the USA Patriot Act (5, Interesting)

Dutchie (450420) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548526)

Breaking into a government system constitutes terrorism. I wonder if this applies to breaking into foreign government systems.

My favorite message (5, Funny)

bryan1945 (301828) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548527)

Some California CEO of a wireless tech company wrote- "In a press release dated Sept. 13, the company said it has developed "4G" wireless technology capable of being used "as a weapon to ignite large sections of the atmosphere and incinerate all living creatures within its pre-selected coordinates." "

And I'll raise you a "5G" and a Death Star

Uh-huh (1)

MacAndrew (463832) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548529)

The OP gave the supposed Hussein email address -- press@uruklink.net -- which doesn't exactly sound like his personal account for mistresses, etc.

The story is probably a joke, but we could use a joke right now.

Ironically, this story illustrates that cr*ppy network security is more dangerous to us as individuals than Saddam with his nonexistant WMD or a variety of other WH priority threats ever will be. At least Saddam is a lot easier to "patch."

/. the Iraqi website (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548548)

I think we /.'ed the presidential website.

That poor IT guy is going to be realy screwed now.

URL Mentioned in the article:

Dear Saddam: (2)

teamhasnoi (554944) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548561)

I urge you to reconsider my competitors offer of "4G" wireless technology. Our "5G" technology is better and will allow you 'set it and forget it' just like my rotisserie. We promise this will be the best "Wireless Weapon of Mass Destruction" you have ever used, or your money back! We have over 20 years of experience providing housewives with labor saving 'Weapons of Mass Destruction'.

Thank you for your kind and world dominating consideration,
Ron Popeil

Ronco.com [ronco.com] (secure connections available!) CALL US!
In the USA, toll free,
(800) 486-1806

Outside the U.S.(of course), call our business office
(818) 775-4602
8am to 5pm Pacific Time.

examples of leaders' bad passwords... (5, Funny)

TWX_the_Linux_Zealot (227666) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548589)

King of the Druids: "One... Two... Three... Four... Five."

Dark Helmet: "That sounds like the combination an idiot would have on his luggage!"


President Scrooge: "One two three four five? I can't believe it! I have the same combination on my luggage!"

Uruklink webmail (1)

dk.r*nger (460754) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548597)

http://mail.uruklink.net:8383/ (google cache []) looks like they are using iMail [ipswitch.com], which is a POP3 server. Thus, if mail in there is still there, it is not read, because then it would be gone.

Doesn't matter if the address is real... (2, Insightful)

EarwigTC (579471) | more than 11 years ago | (#4548603)

Whether or not Saddam or his regime read it isn't really the point. The interesting thing is what people sent, and why. It's also a unique privacy issue; these people who thought they could quietly support Iraq are exposed in such a way that they can't really claim to have been violated.

Letter from Saddam (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4548614)

in 2001 Saddam Hussein wrote a letter to an american.
http://www.uruklink.net/iraq/e2001/elet ter.htm
Just to nitpick:
"Your successive administrations have killed one billion and a half Iraqis in eleven years."
WOW, no wonder they have problems with all those people living underground :D
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