Saddam Hussein is hanged
Since the execution was announced by local television, there have no signs of violence in
Saddam was also on trial for the killing of tens of thousands of Kurds in 1988 in the Anfal campaign.
Iraqi television initially said Saddam's half-brothers Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar were hanged too. But National Security adviser Mouwafak al-Rubaie, who attended the execution, later said the two men would be hanged after the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, which started today and ends in the first week of January.
A video and photo of the execution of Saddam were publicized a few hours later. According to the statements of those present – including some relatives of the former dictator - Saddam Hussein was carrying a copy of the Quran which he asked to be given to a friend of his called Bander. He refused to cover his head with a hood. Saddam was executed in a military zone in the Shiite neighborhood of Kazimiyah.
Shiites in Najaf celebrated the ex-dictator’s death on the streets, gathering in jubiliant crowds and firing in the air. In Tikrit, the city the dictator came from, people were in mourning.
The response of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki to international calls not to execute Saddam was that all those who opposed his sentence were insulting the memory of his victims.
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Many analysts said the death of Saddam could fuel the conflict between Sunnis and Shiites. In Kufa and