Before we set aside the topic of Iraq’s botched hangings, a reader reminds us to flash back to 1946, and the conclusion of the trials at Nuremberg, in which 11 high-ranking Nazi officers were ultimately condemned to death by hanging.
[morbidly fascinating] There is nothing kind or gentle about a hanging. It is a process scientifically designed to break the neck and choke a person to death as efficiently as possible. [a how to from the AP]
The execution of Saddam Hussein was rushed to prevent the former Iraqi leader from revealing facts that could compromise the United States, former Russian prime minister Yevgeny Primakov has said.
The Iraqi government executed 2 of Saddam Hussein's associates early Monday morning for their participation in crimes against humanity. Despite efforts to avoid the uproar that marred the execution of Hussein the noose ripped the head from
Many Kurds regret the chief suspect can no longer face justice for his role in the Anfal campaign against them, thanks to an earlier trial for crimes against humanity for killing Shi'ites -- but they hope others share his fate on the gallows.
Saddam Hussein's trial for the killing of 180,000 Kurds in the 1980s resumed Monday with the late dictator's seat empty, nine days after he went to the gallows. The court's first order of business was to drop all charges against Saddam.
When American soldiers woke Saddam Hussein in his cell near Baghdad airport at 3:55 a.m., they told him to dress for a journey to Baghdad. He had followed the routine dozens of times before, traveling by helicopter in the predawn darkness to the cour
Only 2 of those present at the execution had mobile phones - national security advisor Muwafak al-Rubaie, and a second government representative. If the pictures originated from either, it would be a major blow for al-Maliki, who is already in deep e
Iraq will execute two former henchmen of Saddam Hussein Thursday, five days after the former dictator was himself hanged in Baghdad, an official at the Iraqi prime minister's office said Wednesday.
Saddam Hussein carried to the grave many of the most closely guarded secrets of the labyrinthine nation he ruled for 24 years. Officials closely monitoring the legal proceedings were surprised that his execution was so swiftly carried out.
Like a blue-blood version of a Mob family with global reach, the Bushes have eliminated one more key witness to important historical events that led the US military into a bloody stalemate in Iraq and pushed the Middle East to the brink of calamity.
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if you want to ... not my cup of tea.
It's official. Maliki and his people are psychopaths. This really is a new low. It's outrageous- an execution during Eid. Muslims all over the world (except Iran) are outraged. Eid is a time of peace, of putting aside quarrels and anger- at l
We Got Him!!!! Only $354 Billion & 3,000 US Military! (I'd call that a Bargain. The best we've ever had...) Some thanks are in order: 1) To George W. Bush. It only
Enraged crowds protested the hanging of Saddam Hussein across Iraq's Sunni heartland, as a mob in Samara broke the locks off a bomb-damaged Shiite shrine and marched through carrying a mock coffin and photo of the dictator.
The Iraqi government launched an inquiry into how guards filmed and taunted Saddam Hussein on the gallows, turning his execution into a televised spectacle that has inflamed sectarian anger. "There were a few guards who shouted slogans that were
His daughter Raghd, who is exiled in Jordan, "is asking that his body be buried in Yemen temporarily until Iraq is liberated and it can be reburied in Iraq," a source close to the family said by telephone.
Saddam Hussein, the shotgun-waving dictator who ruled Iraq with a remorseless brutality for a quarter-century and was driven from power by a U.S.-led war that left his country in shambles, was taken to the gallows clutching a Quran and hanged Saturd
The official witnesses to Saddam Hussein's impending execution gathered Friday in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone in final preparation for his hanging, as state television broadcast footage of his regime's atrocities.
Saddam Hussein bade two half brothers farewell in a rare prison meeting as he awaits execution, a lawyer said, but U.S. and Iraqi officials gave conflicting accounts of whether he would hang within days. A senior Bush administration official said
Saddam Hussein urged Iraqis to embrace "brotherly coexistence" and not to hate U.S.-led foreign troops in a goodbye letter, a day after Iraq's highest court upheld his death sentence and ordered him hanged within 30 days.
Saddam Hussein's Baath Party threatened to retaliate if the ousted Iraqi leader is executed, warning in an Internet posting it would target U.S. interests anywhere.
An Iraqi appeals court upheld Saddam Hussein's death sentence for crimes against humanity and said he should hang within 30 days. "The appeal court has approved the death sentence."
Saddam Hussein and two top aides convicted with him will be executed immediately after an appeals court confirms their sentences and could be buried in secret, an Iraqi official has said.
One of the most coveted jobs in Iraq does not yet exist: the executioner for Saddam Hussein. The death sentence against Mr. Hussein is still under review by an appeals court, but hundreds of people have already started lobbying for the position.
The Bush neocon staged kangaroo court sham show trial of Saddam.
The judge declared an end to the defense phase of Saddam Hussein's trial, shrugging off protests from the former Iraqi leader's lawyers that they have not had a fair chance to present their case and want to put more witnesses on the stand.
High school students are going to be held accountable for what they post on blogs and on social-networking Web sites. Require all students participating in extracurricular activities sign a pledge agreeing that evidence of "illegal or inappropri
Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin said about 30 or 40 witnesses had not come to Baghdad for the trial, which took place in a heavily defended building inside Baghdad's fortress-like Green Zone compound.