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Thursday, March 09, 2006

13 insurgents executed in Iraq

Iraqi authorities hanged 13 insurgents Thursday, marking the first time militants have been executed in the country since Saddam Hussein was ousted, the government said.

“The 13 terrorists were tried in different courts and their trials began in 2005 and ended earlier this year,” an official of the Supreme Judiciary Council said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to fears of reprisal from insurgents.

Capital punishment was suspended during the U.S. occupation, but the Iraqis reinstated it in 2004, saying it was necessary to help put down the persistent insurgency.

Terrorists ? Insurgents ? Murderers ? Patriots ?

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