Saddam Hussein has been executed by hanging in Baghdad.
From the news:
It was a grim end for the 69-year-old leader. Despite his ouster, Washington, its allies and the new Iraqi leaders remain mired in a fight to quell a stubborn insurgency by Saddam loyalists and a vicious sectarian conflict.
US President hailed the execution of Saddam Hussein as “an important milestone” on the road to building an Iraqi democracy.
If you’re looking for videos and pictures of the hanging, you will not see them in full on TV. CNN’s Anderson Cooper said that video and still photos taken of the execution but would be reviewed by the channel before airing.
But thanks to Web 2.0, an video of the execution taken with a cellphone video has been released on the net.
Warning: Not for the weak of heart.
An AP report:
Saddam began reciting the Shahada, a Muslim prayer that says there is no god but God and Muhammed is his prophet, on an unabridged copy of the same tape, apparently shot with a camera phone and posted on a website.
Saddam made it midway through his second recitation of the verse. His last word was Muhammed.
The floor dropped out of the gallows.
“The tyrant has fallen,” someone in the group of onlookers shouted.
The video showed a close-up of Saddam’s face as he swung from the rope.
Then came another voice: “Let him swing for three minutes.”