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Friday, December 29, 2006 

Saddam Hussein Executed

FROM BBC World - LATEST: Saddam Hussein executed by hanging, according to Iraqi media reports.

Three separate Arab media outlets say Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging. Also hanged at that time were Saddam's half-brother Barzan Ibrahim and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, the former chief justice of the Revolutionary Court.

It is thought that U.S. military authorities had maintained custody of Saddam up to the time of execution to prevent him from being humiliated before his execution.

An Iraqi appeals court upheld Saddam's death sentence on Tuesday for the killing of 148 people who were detained after an attempt to assassinate him in the northern Iraqi city of Dujail in 1982. The court ordered that the hanging should take place within 30 days.

American Embassies around the world have been placed on alert. Preparations had been put in place around Iraq to attempt to deal with any civilian reaction to the execution.



Photos of Hussein moments before his execution can be found in the 'comments' section below:

UPDATE:At least 80 Iraqis killed on Saturday

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