Crowds of angry Sunnis have been protesting the hanging of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In Samarra, north of the capital Baghdad, demonstrators staged a mock funeral. Sunnis are outraged by what they see as the hurried execution of their leader – a hanging the US ambassador in Baghdad tried unsuccessfully to delay by two weeks, according to Iraqi officials. The news coincides with the release of an interview by the US nurse who cared for Saddam Hussein during his captivity.
“His coping skills were very good, he took everything in his strike, never complained, and if he did have a complaint it was legitimate,” says Master Sergeant Robert Ellis. “No matter how things went wrong for whatever reason, you know, he never complained. What he did was read and write, and we let him out for about 45 minutes, there was a yard out back where he could walk around, a little recreation yard and he had a little garden that he would water but it was just weeds he’d water and that was basically it.”