Dec 29 - Hussein has been executed

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 11 years ago '04        #1
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Dec 29 - Official: Saddam to be executed tonight
 

 
BAGHDAD, Iraq -
Saddam Hussein struggled briefly after American military guards handed him over to Iraqi executioners before dawn Saturday. But as his final moments approached and masked executioners slipped a black cloth and noose around his neck, he grew calm.
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In a final moment of defiance, he refused a hood to cover his eyes.

Hours after Saddam faced the same fate he was accused of inflicting on countless thousands during a quarter-century of ruthless power, Iraqi state television showed grainy video of what it said was his body, the head uncovered and the neck twisted at a sharp angle.

A man whose testimony helped lead to Saddam's conviction and execution before sunrise said he was shown the body because "everybody wanted to make sure that he was really executed."

"Now, he is in the garbage of history," said Jawad Abdul-Aziz, who lost his father, three brothers and 22 cousins in the reprisal k!llings that followed a botched 1982 a.ssassination attempt against Saddam in the Shiite town of Dujail.

The post-execution footage showed the man identified as Saddam lying on a stretcher, covered in a white shroud. His neck and part of the shroud have what appear to be bloodstains. His eyes are closed.

Al-Arabiya satellite television reported Saturday night that a delegation including the governor of Salahuddin Province and the head of Saddam's clan retrieved his body from Baghdad and took it for burial near the executed dictator's hometown of Tikrit. The broadcaster reported the burial would take place Sunday. The report could not immediately be verified.

Earlier, in Baghdad's Shiite enclave of Sadr City, hundreds of people danced in the streets while others fired guns in the air to celebrate. Some hanged an effigy of Saddam. The government did not impose a round-the-clock curfew as it did last month when Saddam was convicted to thwart any surge in retaliatory violence.

It was a grim end for the 69-year-old leader who had vexed three U.S. presidents. Despite his ouster, Washington, its allies and the new Iraqi leaders remain mired in a f!ght to quell a stubborn insurgency by Saddam loyalists and a vicious sectarian conflict.

The execution took place during the year's deadliest month for U.S. troops, with the toll reaching 109. At least 2,998 members of the U.S. military have been k!lled since the
Iraq war began in March 2003, according to an a.ssociated Press count.

President Bush said in a statement issued from his ranch in Texas that bringing Saddam to justice "is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror."

He said that the execution marks the "end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people and for our troops" and cautioned that Saddam's death will not halt the violence in Iraq.

Within hours of his death, bombings k!lled at least 68 people in Iraq, including one planted on a minibus that exploded in a fish market in a mostly Shiite town south of Baghdad.

Ali Hamza, a 30-year-old university professor, said he went outside to shoot his gun into the air after he learned of Saddam's death.

"Now all the victims' families will be happy because Saddam got his just sentence," said Hamza, who lives in Diwaniyah, a Shiite town 80 miles south of Baghdad.

But people in the Sunni-dominated city of Tikrit, once a power base of Saddam, lamented his death.

"The president, the leader Saddam Hussein is a martyr and God will put him along with other martyrs. Do not be sad nor complain because he has died the death of a holy warrior," said Sheik Yahya al-Attawi, a cleric at the Saddam Big Mosque.

Police blocked the entrances to Tikrit and said nobody was allowed to leave or enter the city for four days. Despite the security precaution, gunmen took to the streets of Tikrit, carrying pictures of Saddam, shooting into the air, and calling for vengeance.

Security forces also set up roadblocks at the entrance to another Sunni stronghold, Samarra, and a curfew was imposed after about 500 people took to the streets protesting the execution of Saddam.

A couple hundred people also protested the execution just outside the Anbar capital of Ramadi, and more than 2,000 people demonstrated in Adwar, the village south of Tikrit where Saddam was captured by U.S. troops hiding in an underground bunker.

In a statement, Saddam's lawyers said that in the aftermath of his death, "the world will know that Saddam Hussein lived honestly, died honestly, and maintained his principles."

"He did not lie when he declared his trial null," they said.

Saddam's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were not hanged along with their former leader as originally planned. Officials wanted to reserve the occasion for Saddam alone.

"We wanted him to be executed on a special day," National Security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie told state-run al-Iraqiya television.

Sami al-Askari, the political adviser of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, told the AP that Saddam initially resisted when he was taken by Iraqi guards but was composed in his final moments.

He said Saddam was clad in a black suit, hat and shoes, rather than prison garb. His hat was removed and his hands tied shortly before the noose was slipped around his neck.

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254 comments for "Dec 29 - Hussein has been executed"

 11 years ago '05        #2
DatKidDex 
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if this is true all hell will break loose
 12-29-2006, 05:52 PM         #3
BIG POPPA 
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o well everything that has a beggining has an end

kingdom come
 12-29-2006, 06:01 PM         #4
SignalSoldier 
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 12-29-2006, 06:11 PM         #5
ĐöØρЗŘ 
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someone upp this sh*t pronto
 11 years ago '04        #6
nauticafolife 
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hasnt happened yet
 11 years ago '06        #7
DominicanLou 17 heat pts17
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how does everyone feel about dude being executed?
is it ethical?

i myself dont really care if he dies. I know America skews things sometimes, but ive never really heard anything positive about him from anywhere in the world so...
 12-29-2006, 06:31 PM         #8
waterproofmc 
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Free Saddam
 11 years ago '04        #9
nauticafolife 
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^^^clown
 12-29-2006, 06:47 PM         #10
Rak* 
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^ Retard
 11 years ago '06        #11
King Allister 36 heat pts36
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OMG
DONT k!ll SADAM IF HE DIES IRAQ WILL GO LOOSe
 12-29-2006, 07:01 PM         #12
Leroy Brown 
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Bush didnt waste no time
 12-29-2006, 07:02 PM         #13
waterproofmc 
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 nauticafolife said:
^^^clown
^^queer
 12-29-2006, 07:04 PM         #14
moniekoro 
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We talked abt this in my class. How if we captured Saddam alive we have the problem of what to do w/ him. he becomes a martyr in a way after he is executed.

I think, based on what I know that this is a good decision. If anybody warrants the death sentence, it sounds like he's the guy. agreed?
 11 years ago '04        #15
e117v1 
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....usa Usa Usa
 12-29-2006, 07:19 PM         #16
waterproofmc 
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So when are they executing Bush?
 12-29-2006, 08:06 PM         #17
TheBayBoy 
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somebody youtube this when its out
 12-29-2006, 08:32 PM         #18
IRemainRaw 
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cant wait to see this
 11 years ago '05        #19
CMar22 5 heat pts
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 DatKidDex said:
if this is true all hell will break loose
why? aint nobody care about his a.ss.... Iraqis? NO, Americans? NO, Muslims? NO, Christians? NO, Jews? NO, Conservatives? NO, Liberals? NO, so called "terroist"? NO, Army? Nope.
 11 years ago '05        #20
CMar22 5 heat pts
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 waterproofmc said:
So when are they executing Bush?
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