Tariq Aziz (April 28, 1936 - June 5, 2015) was Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister (1979–2003) and Minister of Foreign Affairs (Iraq) (1983–1991) and a close advisor of President Saddam Hussein. Their association began in the 1950s when both were activists for the then-banned Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party. An ethnic Assyrian, he was both an Arab nationalist and a member of the Chaldean Catholic Church. He was sentenced to death by the Iraqi High Tribunal on October 26, 2010 for persecuting Islamic Parties. He died of a heart attack in custody at the age of 79.
- These Americans are cowards, because if they were courageous, they would have confronted us face-to-face, rather than coming at us from behind
- attributed to Tareq Aziz in a July, 2007 interview with former Iraqi press secretary Abd Al-Jabbar Muhsen
- I'm a victim of a criminal act conducted by this party, which is in power right now. So put it on trial. Its leader was the prime minister and his deputy is the prime minister right now and they killed innocent Iraqis in 1980
- Do you expect me, after all my history as a militant and as one of the Iraqi leaders, to go to an American prison – to go to Guantanamo? I would rather die
- Before the Invasion of Iraq, BBC News (April 24, 2003), "Tariq Aziz in U.S. Custody; New York Moves Closer to Rebuilding at Ground Zero".
- I'm a victim of a criminal act conducted by this party, which is in power right now. So put it on trial. Its leader was the prime minister and his deputy is the prime minister right now and they killed innocent Iraqis in 1980,
- About the Dujail Attack, wcbstv.com (May 24, 2006), "Takes Stand In Saddam Trial"
- The Dujail case is part of a chain of assassination operations against officials and I am one of the victims, the president of the state in any country, if faced with an assassination attempt, should take procedures to punish those who conduct and help this operation. According to the law, people who support this assassination can also be convicted.
- BBC News (May 24, 2006), "Aziz testifies for Saddam defence"
- It is imperative that there is intervention into our dire situation and treatment ... We hope that you will help us. We have been in prison for a long time and we have been cut from our families. No contacts, no phones, no letters. Even the parcels sent to us by our families are not given to us. We need a fair treatment, a fair investigation and finally a fair trial. Please help us
- British newspaper, The Observer, published letters in Arabic and English addressing to "world public opinion", pleading for international help to end "his dire situation", The Guardian (May 28, 2005), "The extraordinary pleas of Saddam's right-hand man"
- He didn't move. He couldn't talk. He didn't say a word to her. He just looked at her. It is so sad that he had to go this way
- Daughter of Tariq Aziz, Zenaib Aziz, referring to death of Tariq Aziz... mentioned on BBC News (June 5, 2015), "Tariq Aziz, ex-Saddam Hussein aide, dies after heart attack"