Iraqis Mark Saddam's Death

Heightened security greets first anniversary of Hussein's execution
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2007 9:51 AM CST
An old Iraqi bank note bearing a picture of ousted Iraqi Dictator Saddam Hussein is displayed for sale on December 30, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq. Suppoprters of the former dictator are expected to gather...   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – "There is no life without the sun and no dignity without Saddam," read graffiti in the former Iraqi leader’s hometown of Tikrit today, the first anniversary of his execution. Small groups of mourners came to his tomb to praise Saddam Hussein’s accomplishments, reports Reuters, amid tightened security in anticipation of attacks by die-hard supporters.

"A year has passed, (and) things are worse—we are ruled by Iran and America. The leader has been killed to satisfy Iran," said a Tikrit resident. While conscious of the threat of pro-Saddam violence, US officials believe it unlikely as many Saddam supporters have joined “concerned local citizen” militias to defend their neighborhoods from al-Qaeda in Iraq.