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Saddam to be hanged within 48 hours

Breaking news from NBC:

Former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, sentenced to death for his role in 148 killings in 1982, will have his sentence carried out by Sunday, NBC News reported Thursday. According to a U.S. military officer who spoke on condition of anonymity, Saddam will be hanged before the start of the Eid religious holiday, which begins this Sunday.

…An official close to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has said that Saddam would remain in a U.S. military prison until he is handed over to Iraqi authorities on the day of his execution. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to address the media.

It’s been reported that the event will be videotaped, but not necessarily broadcast to the public. (CBS):

“We will video everything,” National Security adviser Mouffak al Rubaie said. “All documentation will be videoed. Taking him from cell to the execution is going to be videoed, and the actual execution will be documented and videoed.”

…Rubaie said the date of the deposed dictator’s execution will not be made public, to avoid possible unrest from Saddam’s supporters.

Two questions:
1) how long before regional violence escalates after the former Iraqi dictator swings from the rope?
2) how long before that video of Saddam’s execution hits the internet?

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