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Saddam Is Buried Near His Home Village

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Saddam Is Buried Near His Home Village

Saddam Is Buried Near His Home Village

Saddam Is Buried Near His Home Village

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Iraqis grieve at the grave of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Dia Hamid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iraqis grieve at the grave of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein is buried before dawn Sunday near Tikrit, where his rise to power began.

Leaders of his tribe may have been flown to Tikrit in a U.S. military aircraft to carry out the 3 a.m. ceremony, which followed quickly and quietly on the heels of Saddam's execution.

Video footage showed mourners at a modest gravesite, decorated with an Iraqi flag.

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