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Saddam hanged but no let-up in Iraq violence

<p>A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows a piece of cloth being placed around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his execution in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. IRAQ OUT REUTERS/Al Iraqiya</p>

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows a piece of cloth being placed around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his execution in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on...more

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows a piece of cloth being placed around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his execution in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. IRAQ OUT REUTERS/Al Iraqiya

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<p>A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows masked executioners tightening the noose around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya</p>

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows masked executioners tightening the noose around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn...more

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows masked executioners tightening the noose around former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's neck moments before his hanging in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya

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<p>A woman looks out from a window beside a defaced poster of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen</p>

A woman looks out from a window beside a defaced poster of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen

A woman looks out from a window beside a defaced poster of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Namir Noor-Eldeen

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<p>Residents hold up an effigy of the executed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during a celebration in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish</p>

Residents hold up an effigy of the executed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during a celebration in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

Residents hold up an effigy of the executed former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein during a celebration in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

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<p>Residents in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, celebrate in the street after the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish</p>

Residents in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, celebrate in the street after the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

Residents in Najaf, 160 km (100 miles) south of Baghdad, celebrate in the street after the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, December 30, 2006. REUTERS/Ali Abu Shish

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<p>A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows the signed execution documents for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya</p>

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows the signed execution documents for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a...more

A frame grab from Al Iraqiya television shows the signed execution documents for former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in Baghdad December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya

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<p>Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signs the death warrant of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in this video still from Iraqi state television shown December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya</p>

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signs the death warrant of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in this video still from Iraqi state television shown December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a...more

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signs the death warrant of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in this video still from Iraqi state television shown December 30, 2006. Hussein was hanged for crimes against humanity at dawn on Saturday, a dramatic, violent end for a leader who ruled Iraq by fear for three decades before he was toppled by a U.S. invasion four years ago. REUTERS/Al Iraqiya

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