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Rumsfeld offered to free Saddam: Report

May 01, 2005 15:28 IST

United States Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, paid a secret visit to former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein and offered him freedom and possible return to public life if he made a televised request to armed groups for a ceasefire with allied forces, a media report said.

Saddam promptly rejected the offer, Ynetnews reported quoting London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi daily.

Rumsfeld made the offer when he visited Iraq about two weeks ago and only a few Iraqi officials in Jordan knew of it, the Arab daily reported.

Two weeks ago, Britain's Telegraph had reported that Iraqi gunmen were offered a "deal" to halt all attacks in return for a reduced sentence for Saddam, who is likely to be sentenced to death.

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Sub: dont know what they are thinking to do ?

I really dont understand why they talk about freedom of SADDAM HUSSAIN. A person who ruled Iraq by forcefully , muderar of several peoples.......several families ...

Posted by apna business

Sub: RE:Saddam-freedom

Do you have any proof that he (Saddam) is responsible for the death of 3 million people? Or did you simply believe the lies of ...

Posted by felonious monk

Sub: Peace in Iraq.Is it possible?

To halt unrest in Iraq, the only way left for US is - either go all out or return his kingdom to him. We must ...

Posted by BNS Tyagi

Sub: Philosophy of the offer to free Saddam

I can't the understand the rationale behind offering a conditional freedom to Saddam. So now the issue for US is the insurgency in Iraq, not ...

Posted by Sathyan Nair

Sub: Saddam-freedom

Tha animal like Saddam Hussain should not be given freedom at any cost. He should be hanged till death publicly.He is murderer of about 3 ...

Posted by Zaman


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