Iran: Saddam's execution amounts to "victory of the Iraqis" 2006-12-30 18:13:55

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    TEHRAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Iran said on Saturday that the execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein amounts to a "victory of the Iraqis", while warning that his hanging could cause more insecurity in the violence-torn country.

    "With regard to Saddam's execution, it amounts to a victory of the Iraqi people as they were the winners of his fall," Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hamid Reza Asefi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

    "Saddam's regime was overthrown because the Iraqi people did not support him. It is crystal clear that the United States should not misinterpret his fall and take the credit to itself," he said. Asefi also lashed out at the former Iraqi president for launching consecutive wars on Iran and Kuwait in the 1980s and early 1990s, saying his conducts had weakened the Arab and Islamic fronts.

    "War on Iran led to a split in the Islamic world and serious problems with respect to unity among Muslims," he said, adding that the war on Kuwait dealt another blow on the Arab world and further deepened discord among Arabs.

    "When the Arab and Islamic fronts were weakened, the Zionist regime took the most advantage (of the situation). This left the Palestinians in the worst situation," the Iranian deputy foreign minister said.

    "On internal affairs, Saddam put massacre of Shiites on his agenda. In a broader dimension, he masterminded plans for killing Kurds and sowing discord between Shiites and Sunnis," Asefi said. But he also claimed that Saddam's case was closed quickly in a bid to cover up Washington's support for the former Iraqi regime in the 1980s.

    "Saddam's case was closed soon. If the cases of wars on Iran and Kuwait had been also examined, the U.S. alliance and role would have been disclosed," Asefi said.

    "So, Washington tried to end the case with the investigation into Saddam's crimes in Dujail," he added.

    The Iranian official also warned that Saddam's execution could lead to an upsurge of insecurity in Iraq in the short term. "Arrest of Saddam escalated insecurity. It is predictable that his execution will cause more insecurity for a short period of time," Asefi was quoted as saying.

    Just few hours after the Iraqi government executed Saddam by hanging early Saturday, at least 30 people were killed and more than 45 others wounded when a car bomb went off at a busy market in the Shiite city of Kufa in southern Iraq.


    Saddam's execution draws mixed reactions

    BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- The execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Saturday drew mixed reactions from governments and organizations around the world.

    Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said in Beijing Saturday that the Iraqi affairs should be decided by the Iraqi people and China hopes Iraq can realize stability and development at an early date. Full story>>

   Chinese FM spokesman on execution of Saddam Hussein

Chinese Foreign  Ministry spokesman Qin Gang  (File Photo)Photo Gallery >>>

    BEIJING, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said here Saturday that the Iraqi affairs should be decided by the Iraqi people.

    Qin made the remarks when asked to comment on the execution of Saddam Hussein. He said China hopes Iraq can realize stability and development in an early date.

    Saddam Hussein, born on April 28, 1937, was deposed by the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    He was hanged on Saturday morning after he was handed over to the Iraqi authorities for execution.

    Bush hails execution of Saddam Hussein

    WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush on Friday hailed the execution of the toppled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein as "an important milestone" on the road to building an Iraqi democracy.

    "It is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself, and be an ally in the war on terror," Bush said in a statement issued just about one hour after Saddam was hanged in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Saddam executed by hanging

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reacts in court during the Anfal genocide trial in Baghdad December 21, 2006.

Ousted Iraqi President Saddam Hussein reacts in court during the Anfal genocide trial in Baghdad December 21, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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    BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday, U.S.-backed Iraqi TV Al Hurra reported.

    "The execution of Saddam Hussein is complete," Iraq state run Iraqiya television said.

    But so far, there has been no confirmation from the Iraqi government. Full story>>

    Iraqi officials: Saddam executed alone

    BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Some Iraqi officials at the scene said Saturday morning that only Saddam Hussein was executed at dawn, denying earlier media reports that two Saddam's aides were also executed, reported the state TV station Iraqiya.

    Mowaffaq al-Rubaie, National Security Adviser, told Iraqiya that the two co-defendants of Saddam, his half brother and intelligence chief Barzan Hassan al-Tikriti and revolutionary court judge Awad Ahmed al-Bandar, would be executed after the Eid al-Adha holiday, which ends on Thursday. Full story>> 

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