The first butcher of Baghdad

Justin Marozzi introduces the murderous eighth-century caliph al-Mansur, who left a remarkable legacy but whose brutality foreshadowed a more recent Iraqi leader...

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein on trial in December 2008 in Baghdad, Iraq. (Photo by Nikola Solic-Pool/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the June 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

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