Bodies of Saddam's sons reburied

Uday and Qusay Hussein's bodies are placed alongside their father.

    Uday and Qusay's bodies were reburied alongside Saddam [AFP]
    Reburials 'not political'
    Nida said the bodies had been moved in accordance with the family's wishes and denied any political motivation or suggestion that the move was to avoid the graves being desecrated.
    "It was to gather all the family in one place," he said.
    Qusay's son, Mustafa, was also reburied. Uday, Qusay and Mustafa were killed along with a bodyguard when US soldiers stormed a villa in the northern city of Mosul in July 2003.
    After Saddam was hanged, his supporters made a shrine at his burial site in a hall attached to a mosque in Awja, the village where Saddam was born.
    The bodies of his children had originally been buried in a family plot at a cemetery elsewhere in the village, before being moved to lie with their father's body.
    Suicide attacks
    Violence continued in Iraq on Wednesday with suicide bombers killing at least 10 people in two separate attacks.
    In the north of Iraq a suicide bomber blew himself up in an outdoor market in Tuz Khormato, 210km north of Baghdad with a mixed population and a slight Turkmen majority, killing eight and wounding 25 others.
    While in Baghdad, a suicide car bomber rammed into a checkpoint in the mainly Sunni neighbourhood of Yarmouk in the western part of the Iraqi capital, killing two civilians and wounding four others, police said.
    Lieutenant General Abboud Qanbar, the commander of the Baghdad security plan, warned that those responsible for the violence "will be smashed with the foot of the Iraqi people".
    Security crackdown
    The US-backed Baghdad security crackdown has been under way for a month with Iraqi and US authorities conducting a major sweep in the capital.

    Attacks by sectarian fighters in Baghdad have
    fallen since a launch of the security plan [AFP]

    Qanbar said the efforts had made progress in bringing an end to sectarian violence, saying: "We've overcome the terrorist acts, militant groups, criminal gangs, sectarian killings and displacement."
    He said: "But we have to expect more obstacles and terrorist acts.
    "These acts will not end immediately, but we will go forward with our operations until we annihilate the terrorism."
    Civilian deaths and attacks by sectarian fighters in Baghdad have fallen since a launch of the security plan, Iraqi authorities said on Wednesday.
    Brigadier Qassim Moussawi, an Iraqi military spokesman, told a news conference that 265 Iraqis had been killed in violence in the capital since February 14, down from the 1,440 Iraqis killed in the 30-day period before the plan went into effect.
    The number of car bombings was also down to 36 from 56, while roadside bombs, mortar attacks, kidnappings and assassinations were also down, Moussawi said.
    Talabani returns home
    As the crackdown continued, Jalal Talabani, the Iraqi president, returned to Iraq on Wednesday from Jordan where he had been receiving treatment in a hospital in Aman, Jordan's capital.
    Talabani flew to Sulaimaniyah, his home town, where hundreds of people gathered to welcome him.
    "Your return means new life to Kurdistan and a federal Iraq," said a banner hoisted outside the headquarters of Talabani's Patriotic Union of Kurdistan.
    Talabani collapsed three weeks ago and was diagnosed as suffering from exhaustion and lung and sinus infections.
    He was later flown to Jordan for treatment.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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