First Charges Issued Against Saddam


The first charges against [Saddam] Hussein link him to atrocities against Shia residents of Dujayl, a town north of Baghdad, where would-be assassins linked to Dawa, a Shia Islamist movement, tried to kill the former president in July 1982. About 150 men from Dujayl were executed in the government's subsequent crackdown. News of the charges came after the bloodiest single insurgent strike since Iraq's elected government came into office three months ago. A suicide attack at a petrol station next to a Shia mosque on Saturday night killed more than 70 people and wounded about 150.

Whole Financial Times story here.