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"I have no sympathy for Saddam, but his life is not worth the lives of innocents that die daily in Baghdad"

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There has been a relative lull in major attacks and violence over the Eid al-Adha holiday, which ended on Wednesday.

But US Major-General William Caldwell said on Wednesday that US and Iraqi forces were braced for a possible violent backlash after Saddam Hussein was hanged on Saturday and an illicitly filmed video of the hanging showed him being taunted by Shia officials just before his death.

The video has inflamed sectarian tensions in a country already on the brink of civil war. 

UN statistics say an average of more than 100 people a day are killed in bombings, mortar attacks and sectarian death squad killings.