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Years after his hanging, Saddam Hussein mystery lives on

AL-AWJAH, IRAQ: In his native village of Al-Awjah, the mausoleum of Iraq’s executed dictator Saddam Hussein has been reduced to broken concrete and tangled barbed wire, showing no trace of his remains. The man who ruled Iraq with an iron fist for a quarter of a century was hanged at dawn on December 30, 2006, symbolizing the humiliation of Saddam’s followers. US president George W Bush then personally authorized the immediate transfer of the dictator’s body on an American military helicopter from Baghdad to the…

Syria carried out mass hangings at military prison – Amnesty International

DAMASCUS: The Syrian government has executed thousands of prisoners in mass hangings and carried out systematic torture at a military jail near Damascus, rights watchdog Amnesty International said on Tuesday. Amnesty said the executions took place between 2011 and 2015, but were probably still being carried out and amounted to war crimes. It called for a U.N. investigation. Syria's government and President Bashar al-Assad have rejected similar reports in the past of torture and extrajudicial killings in a civil war…