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Well, I guess things HAVE changed in Iraq

2canplay

TRIBE Member
Instead of a dictator ordering the killings of criminals, a triumverate does the deed now.

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Iraq Executes 13 Insurgents

U.S. Frees 2 Members
Of Hussein's Regime
Associated Press
March 9, 2006 12:25 p.m.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq hanged 13 insurgents Thursday, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since the U.S.-led invasion ousted Saddam Hussein nearly three years ago, the government said.

The cabinet announcement listed the name of only one of those hanged, Shukair Farid, a former policeman in the northern city of Mosul, who allegedly confessed that he had worked with Syrian foreign fighters to enlist fellow Iraqis to carry out assassinations against police and civilians.

"The competent authorities have today carried out the death sentences of 13 terrorists," the cabinet said. The government said Mr. Farid had "confessed that foreign fighters recruited him to spread the fear through killings and abductions."

Death sentences must be approved by the three-member presidential council headed by President Jalal Talabani, who opposes capital punishment. In the September executions of three convicted murderers and again in Thursday's hangings, Mr. Talabani refused to sign the authorization himself but gave his two vice presidents the authority.
 
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