Idi Amin was a sergeant in the British colonial army. After Uganda's independence, Amin rose in the Ugandan armed forces to the position of Commander-in-Chief. In 1971, Amin seized control of the government. Amin was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Ugandans. In 1976, he offered safe haven to Palestinian hijackers, who were subsequently killed when Israel rescued the hostages at Entebbe. In 1979, Tanzanian troops invaded Uganda and forced Amin into exile. Amin led out the rest of his life in Saudi Arabi were he died from natural causes in 2003.