New York Post Online Edition: news SADDAM KILLED 'HUG' DAD
February 4, 2005 -- WASHINGTON — The Iraqi woman who embraced the mother of a fallen Marine during President Bush's State of the Union Address said yesterday her father was slain by a Saddam Hussein hit man paid with money from the tainted U.N. oil-for-food program.
Safia Taleb al-Suhail, whose heartfelt hug with Janet Norwood moved a watching nation to tears, said she was in awe of the "great woman who gave her beloved child to the freedom of our country" and invited her to visit a democratic Baghdad.
"I invited her in the near future to come visit us in Baghdad," al-Suhail told Fox News.
Al-Suhail's father, Sheik Taleb al-Souhail al-Tamimi, led a failed coup to oust Saddam in 1993 and was assassinated for it in Lebanon in 1994.