Saddam Hussein is Dead

According to Fox News, that is what al Arabiya television is now reporting.

Update Here’s the report from Reuters:

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S.-backed Iraqi television station Al Hurra said Saddam Hussein had been executed by hanging shortly before 6 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Saturday

The former Iraqi president ousted in April 2003 by a U.S.- led invasion was convicted in November of crimes against humanity over the killings of 148 Shi’ite villagers from Dujail after a failed assassination bid in 1982.

An appeals court upheld the death penalty on Tuesday. Iraq’s government has kept details of its plans to conduct the execution completely secret amid concerns it could spark a violent backlash from his former supporters.

From CNN:

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein has been executed, according to two Arabic language media outlets. Earlier, an Iraqi judge told CNN Hussein would be hanged before dawn on Saturday in Iraq, (10 p.m. Friday ET). The former president was convicted of crimes against humanity in connection with the killings of 148 people in Dujail.

Take a look at HuffPo‘s response. It’s nothing short of repulsive.

Update II: Early reports said that it would be video taped, and the BBC confirms that it was, indeed, recorded. As I said earlier, expect it to show up on YouTube at some point. Probably sooner than later.

Update III: Iraqi-Americans react to Saddam Hussein’s execution.

In Dearborn, Dave Alwatan was among those who gathered at the Karbalaa centre. He wore an Iraqi flag around his shoulders and grinned. He flashed a peace sign with a hand at everyone he passed.

“Peace,” he said, smiling and laughing. “Now there will be peace for my family.”

Alwatan, 32, an Iraqi-American from Dearborn, added: “My dream has come true.” Alwatan said Saddam’s forces tortured and killed family members that were left behind when Alwatan left Iraq in 1991.

Believe it or not, he's walking on air...
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