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As a noose was tightened around Hussein’s neck, one of the executioners yelled “long live Muqtada al-Sadr,” Haddad said, referring to the powerful anti-American Shiite religious leader.

Hussein, a Sunni, mockingly uttered one last phrase before he died: “Muqtada al-Sadr,” according to Haddad’s account.

The judge said Hussein appeared “totally oblivious to what was going on around him. I was very surprised. He was not afraid of death.

“The former dictator refused to wear a hood as he was hanged, al-Rubaie said.