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Published on July 1st, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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While Tom DeLonge is off chasing aliens, blink-182’s Mark Hoppus says he helped capture Saddam Hussein

Fans of blink-182 know that Tom DeLonge left the band in part to pursue The Truth About Aliens and the Government Coverup of Extraterrestrial Technology™, but few were probably aware that Mark Hoppus was (allegedly) involved in the plan to take down Saddam Hussein.

Come again?

After the US invaded Iraq in 2003, Hussein fled Baghdad and went into hiding. He was eventually captured when he was found hiding in a hole near the city of Tikrit on December 13 of that year. One year and two weeks later, he was executed.

Last week, Mark Hoppus was asked on Twitter “What is the least plausible story about yourself that’s true?” Here was his response.

Jeezus. Between Mark and Tom, we’ve got a good foundation for a punk rock Avengers. Maybe they should join forces and see if Tracy Island is available for rent.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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