It seems that Saddam Hussein had secretly accepted a last-minute plan to go into exile to avert the 2003 Iraq invasion.
However, it is reported that Arab leaders vetoed the proposal.
The UAE President, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, made the proposal for Saddam to go into exile at an emergency Arab summit weeks before the invasion began in March 2003.
However, the Arab League refused to consider the initiative; even though the US had indicated that it supported the idea.
I wonder if they now regret their decision?