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Iraq: The Execution of Saddam Hussein - December 30th, 2006




“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. 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. […] 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. […]”

Excerpt from an Associated Press article from December 30th, 2006.

The last moments before the execution


The Official Video - The Preparation of the Execution



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The Unofficial Cellphone Video - The Actual Execution



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Timeline of the Execution

Friday, December 29th


22:30 - A final attempt by the U.S. government is made to persuade the Iraqi government to delay the execution.


23:45 - Prime Minister Maliki signs the final order to execute Saddam Hussein.


Saturday, December 30th


3:55 - Saddam Hussein is awakened by prison guards in his cell.


5:05 - A U.S. helicopter transports him to “Camp Justice”.


5:30 - At the Istikhbarat prison Saddam Hussein is handed over to Iraqi officials.


6:10 - Saddam Hussein is executed.


24:00 - The body of Saddam Hussein is handed over to a delegation from Tikrit.


Media Reports & Press Releases


January 16th, 2007 - Second Iraq Hanging Also Went Awry

1 news article by the New York Times


January 7th, 2007 - Before Hanging, a Push for Revenge and a Push Back From the U.S.

2 news articles by the New York Times & BBC News


January 4th, 2007 - Iraq Defends Hanging, but Holds Hussein Guard

2 news articles & 1 editorial by the New York Times


January 3rd, 2007 - Iraqi Official Arrested for Saddam Execution Cell Phone Movie

1 news article by the Associated Press


January 3rd, 2007 - Iraq to Review Hussein’s Execution

1 news article by the New York Times


January 1st, 2007 - Rush to Hang Hussein Was Questioned

1 news article by the New York Times


December 30th, 2006 - Saddam Hanged At Dawn

4 news article by Al Jazeera, Associated Press & Reuters


December 29th, 2006 - President Bush’s Statement on Execution of Saddam Hussein

Press release by the Office of the Press Secretary

Scenes from the execution

The last preparations

After the execution

Close-up of the body

Video & Screenshot Credits


Preparation of the execution


The video released by Iraqi state television shows Saddam Hussein’s guards wearing ski masks and placing a noose around the deposed leader’s neck moments before his execution. Clutching a Quran and refusing a hood, Saddam Hussein went to the gallows before sunrise Saturday. - December 30th, 2006 - Iraqi TV, HO/Associated Press Photo;


The execution video


The video was released over the Internet on the day following the execution of Saddam Hussein. It was filmed most probaly with a cellphone. - December 30th, 2006 - origins unknown;


After-execution screenshots


This video image released by the Biladi TV stations, which are affiliated with the Dawa party of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, appears to show the body of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein wrapped in a white shroud following his execution - December 30th, 2006 - Biladi TV/Associated Press Photo;


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