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“I am not afraid of anyone,” said Saddam Hussein a few moments before his hanging

STORY – On December 30, 2006, the former Iraqi dictator was hanged after a trial lasting several months. Fifteen years later, Le Figaro retraces the last moments of his life.

«Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him», Triumphs Paul Bremer, provisional administrator of the coalition in Iraq on December 14, 2003. The day before, around eight o’clock in the evening, 600 American and Kurdish soldiers took over a farm 30 kilometers from Tikrit. After three attempts, the noose tightens around “the ace of spades“. The soldiers discover the entrance to an underground bunker covered with bricks and garbage. A haggard man emerges, with a gray beard and a tired face. Saddam Hussein, after nine months of stalking, is captured. In a press conference in Baghdad, General Sanchez, commander of the American forces in Iraq, clarified: “not a single shot was fired“. The deposed dictator held two Kalashnikovs and nearly $ 750,000. “He was cooperative …

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