For over 20 years, the greatest threat to Iraqis has been Saddam Hussein's regime -- he has killed, tortured, raped and terrorized the Iraqi people and his neighbors for over two decades.
Under Saddam's regime many hundreds of thousands of people have died as a result of his actions - the vast majority of them Muslims. According to a 2001 Amnesty International report, "victims of torture in Iraq are subjected to a wide range of forms of torture, including the gouging out of eyes, severe beatings and electric shocks... some victims have died as a result and many have been left with permanent physical and psychological damage."
President Bush met with a group of Iraqi-Americans and free Iraqis April 4 -- many of whom fled torture and persecution in Iraq and now live in the United States. Some of their stories are presented here, on video.
Operation Iraqi Freedom