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Saddam Hussein Hanged, Says Al Hurra TV Station
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:16pm ET145
BAGHDAD(CNN) - 11:07 p.m. EST, December 29, 2006
LONDON (BBC) - Saturday, 30 December 2006, 04:13 GMT
DUBAI (AL-JAZEERA) - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2006 6:27 MECCA TIME, 3:27 GMT
NEW YORK (NY TIMES) - December 30, 2006
SYDNEY (THE AUSTRALIAN) - December 30, 2006
BAGHDAD (FOX NEWS) - December 29, 2006 11:53pm ET

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U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT - 10:00pm ET) on Saturday. Arabic satellite channel Arabiya also reported the execution had taken place.

Two co-defendants, Saddam Hussein’s half-brother Barzan al-Tikriti and former Iraqi chief judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar, were also executed.

“Criminal Saddam was hanged to death,” state-run Iraqiya television announced, as patriotic music and images of national monuments were broadcast.

“Saddam’s body is in front me,” said an official in the prime minister’s office. “It’s over.”

In the background, Shiite chanting could be heard. When asked about the chanting, the official said, “These are employees of the prime minister’s office and government chanting in celebration.”

A witness to the execution reported that celebrations broke out after Hussein was dead, and that there was “dancing around the body.” Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki did not attend the execution, according to an adviser to the prime minister who was interviewed on state television.

“It’s a very solemn moment for me,” Feisal Istrabadi, Iraq’s U.N. ambassador, said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.” “I can understand why some of my compatriots may be cheering. I have friends whose particular people I can think of who have lost 10, 15, 20 members of their family, more.

“But for me, it’s a moment really of remembrance of the victims of Saddam Hussein.” The execution was videotaped and photographed, state television reported, and those images will be distributed to the media.

Al-Arabiya television network reported that Barzan Hassan, Hussein’s half-brother, and Awad Bandar, former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court, were hanged after Hussein. All three were convicted of killings in the Iraqi town of Dujail nearly 25 years ago.

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