Within days of Saddam Hussein's capturing power in Iraq in 1979, he had summoned his top 400 officials and told them there was a plot against him. Saddam coolly puffed a cigar as spelt out the names one after another and to the disbelief of the officials present, they were standing amongst them. Saddam executed 22 officials, not only to consolidate his power but he also video-taped the execution and distributed it across the country to send a message to the Iraqi people. [
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