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Iraq Cancels Leave Before Saddam Verdict

Iraq canceled leave Friday for all military officers two days before an expected verdict — and possible death sentence — in the trial of Saddam Hussein. Many of Saddam’s fellow Sunni Arabs, along with some Shiites and Kurds, are predicting a firestorm of violence if the court sentences the ex-president to death, as is widely expected. Bloodshed is already high, but most Shiites, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, are likely to be enraged if he escapes the gallows. Al-Maliki declared last month he expected ”this criminal tyrant will be executed,” saying that would likely break the will of Saddam’s followers in the insurgency. Full Story

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