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

 

Background

 

“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

 

 

External view: link   file format: .flv

The Unofficial Cellphone Video - The Actual Execution

 

 

External view: link   file format: .avi

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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