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Baathist purge may stall Hussein trial

More than a year and a half after US troops pulled Saddam Hussein out of his spider hole, Iraqis are still wondering what will become of him. Earlier this month, the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) – the roughly 50-judge court set up under US guidance to try former regime officials – looked primed to kick off its formal proceedings against the ousted dictator, along with several of his highest-ranking associates. But now the IST appears to be coming apart at the seams, amid a flurry of recriminations among judges and court administrators over past links with the Baath Party, the institution at the center of Saddam’s regime. Full Story

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