US President Donald Trump’s fate will be worse than that of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the Iranian president has said. Hassan Rouhani Hassan Rouhani said, “Saddam of Iraq imposed a military war against Iran and Trump of the United States imposed an economic war. At that time, the Iranian people united and defeated Saddam shoulder to shoulder. Then Saddam died on the gallows.” Rouhani added that “Iranians have resisted and won against those who wanted to defeat them. Iran has also forced the United States to taste failure in international forums.” Referring to the strengthening of Iran’s relations with neighboring countries, the President said, “The liberation of Azerbaijan has had a positive impact on relations with Iran. Expressing satisfaction over the start, he said, “I hope that the Khaf-Herat railway line between the two countries will connect Mazar-e-Sharif as well as Central Asia and Uzbekistan.”
After being sentenced to death by an Iraqi court, Saddam requested to be executed by firing squad rather than hanging, claiming it as the lawful military capital punishment and citing his military position of commander of the Iraqi military. This request was denied by the court.Two days prior to the execution, a letter written by Saddam appeared on the Arab Socialist Ba’ath Party website. In the letter, he urged the Iraqi people to unite, and not to hate the people of countries that invaded Iraq, like the United States, but instead the decision-makers. He said he was ready to die as a martyr and he said that this is his death sentence.In the hours before the execution, Saddam ate his last meal of chicken and rice with a cup of hot water and honey.
Saddam was executed by hanging at approximately 06:00 UTC +03:00 on the first day of Eid al-Adha (30 December 2006).Reports conflicted as to the exact time of the execution, with some sources reporting the time as 06:00, 06:05, or some, as late as 06:10.
The execution took place at the joint Iraqi-American military base Camp Justice, located in Kazimain, a north-eastern suburb of Baghdad. Contrary to initial reports, Saddam was executed alone, not at the same time as his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, who were executed on 15 January 2007. Barzan was decapitated by the rope due to incorrect calculations of his body weight and length of drop. Saddam’s cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid was sentenced to death and was hanged on 25 January 2010.
A senior Iraqi official who was involved in the events leading to Saddam’s death was quoted as saying, “The Americans wanted to delay the execution by 15 days because they weren’t keen on having him executed right away. But during the day [before the execution] the prime minister’s office provided all the documents they asked for and the Americans changed their minds when they saw the prime minister was very insistent. Then it was just a case of finalizing the details.” U.S. military spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell told journalists in Baghdad that after “physical control” of Saddam was given to the Iraqi government, “the multinational force had absolutely no direct involvement with [the execution] whatsoever.” There were no U.S. representatives present in the execution chamber.