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Saddam birthday marked with anti-US chants

29 April, 2009

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BAGHDAD: Relatives and supporters of the late Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein are marking his birthday with tributes in his native village, laying wreaths by his grave and chanting slogans against former President George W. Bush.

Saddam would have turned 72 on Tuesday. He is buried in the Tigris River hamlet of Ouja, where he was born, about 70 miles (112 kilometers) north of Baghdad.

A photo exhibition near the grave chronicles his more than two decades in power.

About 150 people gathered to pay their respects there and some chanted slogans against Bush, who launched the invasion in 2003 that toppled Saddam.

The former dictator was hanged in December 2006 in Baghdad after being convicted of crimes against humanity.


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