Saddam hanged 30 December
Saddam Hussein, the former Iraqi president, has been hanged, according to Iraqi and US officials.
Reports on Al Hurra, a US-backed television station, said that Saddam was executed shortly before 6am (03:00 GMT) on Saturday.
's deputy foreign minister, Labeed Abbawi, said: "He has been executed. It has been officially announced that he has been executed." Iraq
George Bush said the execution was an important milestone on the country's path to democracy.
"Bringing Saddam Hussein to justice will not end the violence in
Iraq, but it is an important milestone on Iraq's course to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain, and defend itself," the president said in a statement. US
The former Iraqi president, who was ousted in April 2003 by a US-led invasion, had been convicted last month of crimes against humanity over the killings of 148 Shia villagers from Dujail after a failed assassination attempt in 1982.
An appeals court upheld the death penalty on Tuesday and the Iraqi government rushed through the procedures to hang him by the end of the year and before the Eid al-Adha holiday that starts on Saturday.
The government had kept details of its plans shrouded in secrecy amid concerns that it may provoke a violent backlash from his former supporters with
Saddam's conviction on November 5 was hailed by George Bush, the
But the hanging could complicate efforts by Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister, to heal
During his three decades in power, Saddam was accused of widespread oppression of political opponents and genocide against Kurds in northern
Saddam insisted during his trial that he was still the president of
"If my soul goes down this path [of martyrdom] it will face God in serenity," he wrote in the letter.
Issam Jhazzawi, one of Saddam's defence lawyers, said on Friday that Saddam's daughters in
"The family are praying for him every minute and are calling on God that He let his soul rest in peace among the martyrs," he said.
A source close to the family said that Saddam's daughter, Raghd, "is asking that his body be buried in