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Man who oversaw Saddam hanging recalls dictator's end

Mowaffak al-Rubaie sits in his office with a statue of Saddam Hussein behind him, the rope used to hang the dictator around its neck, recalling his final minutes. The former national security advisor, who oversaw Saddam's 2006 execution, said he remained strong until the end, and never expressed any regret. "A criminal? True. A killer? True. A butcher? True. But he was strong until the end.

Saddam's half brother dies of cancer

Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's half-brother and intelligence chief, Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, died of cancer in a Baghdad hospital on Monday, the justice ministry said. Hassan, who was captured in 2005, had been sentenced to death for "murder and crimes against the Iraqi people," justice ministry spokesman Wissam al-Fraiji said in a statement announcing his death. Hassan had been transferred from prison to hospital after his condition worsened, Fraiji said. He was not the only ailing member of Saddam's regime in custody in Iraq.

April 9, 2003: A statue, a bridge, and a city, fall

Ten years after the statue of Saddam Hussein was famously toppled in Firdos Square, symbolising the fall of Baghdad, Ezzedine Said, AFP's Chief Editor for the Middle East and North Africa, recalls the events of the historic day: It was the 21st day of the Iraq war, and the atmosphere at the Palestine Hotel, where much of the international press was based, was heavy. A day earlier, two of our colleagues had been killed by an American tank shell fired on the building.

Iraq cabinet unveils sweeping reform of Saddam law

Iraq's cabinet unveiled sweeping reforms to a law barring members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party from public life on Sunday as part of moves to placate angry rallies by the country's Sunni Arab minority. The amendment to the De-Baathification law still needs to be approved by parliament, where it is expected to face stiff opposition, but it is among a raft of concessions to demonstrators who have alleged that the Shiite-led authorities unfairly target the Sunni community.

Iraq cabinet unveils sweeping reform of Saddam law

Iraq's cabinet unveiled sweeping reforms to a law barring members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party from public life on Sunday, in a bid to head off months of rallies by the country's Sunni Arab minority. The amendment to a De-Baathification law still need to be approved by parliament but if implemented would mark a key concession to demonstrators in Iraq's north and west who have alleged the current rules promote unfair targeting of their community by the Shiite-led authorities.
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