On July 22, 2003, five months before the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, his sadistic sons Uday (age 39) and Qusay (37) were mowed down by U.S. forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. (A teenage son of Qusay was also killed.) I heard the news a few days after it happened while vacationing in Iceland. Graphic photos of their bullet-ridden bodies were widely circulated. They were truly vile characters whose "removal" was one of the few positive accomplishments of the U.S. invasion.
Our tour group was in the desolate central portion of the country on a gloomy day (pictured, below) when our tour guide, Yense, announced the news over the bus microphone. This was the first news we heard from the "outside world" since our trip began six days earlier. I found it interesting that Yense mentioned it since, except for me and my friend Tom and a feisty retired elementary school principal from North Carolina, the rest of our tour group was from Ireland or the UK.