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Release Date:
June 1998



Domestic tensions

Saddam's internal security objectives and concerns

Regional Strategies


Part One: Chinks in Saddam's Armor

Part Two: Domestic, Regional, and Foreign Sources of Power

About the Report


Between Impediment and Advantage
Saddam's Iraq

Amatzia Baram

Compounds of the Ruling Elite in Central Baghdad

Map of Baghdad


  1. Mujamma' Dijla ("Tigris Compound"), housing the top echelon: Revolutionary Command Council, Regional (Iraqi) Leadership, and Saddam's son Udayy

  2. Barracks of the First Brigade of the Special Republican Guard

  3. Mujamma' al-Qadisiyya ("Qadisiyya Compound"), housing government ministers and their party parallels, and Sujud Palace

  4. Amirat Street, a heavily patrolled quarter housing a mix of senior apparatchiks, artists, and some of Saddam's family

  5. City quarters with a large Sunni Arab population and well-established Shi'i old-time Baghdadis; all are carefully vetted

  6. Saddam's City, a massive Shi'i poor quarter

  7. (Between Haifa Street and the river) Republican Palace Guard (Himaya) barracks and other presidential sites

  8. Umm al-Khanazir, a holiday resort for Saddam's security forces

  9. Special Republican Guard Headquarters

  10. Republican Palace

  11. "Project 2000," command and control bunker

  12. Special Security Organization (SSO) Headquarters (where the UNSCOM-Iraq crisis of Sept.-Oct. 1997 began)

  13. Elite living quarter (including the deserted homes of General Husayn Kamil and his brother Saddam)

  14. Pan-Arab Command of the Ba'th Party

  15. Command of the Ba'th Party Military Bureau

  16. Deputy prime minister Tariq 'Aziz's office

  17. Presidential and government offices

  18. Ibn Sina, exclusive elite hospital

  19. A massive new presidential palace to replace the old Qasr al-Zuhur; presently under construction

  20. Elite living quarter, heavily patrolled by plainclothes guards.

(Map creator: Kenneth Allen, U.S. Institute of Peace)

See the complete list of Institute reports. The views expressed in this report do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Institute of Peace, which does not advocate specific policies.


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