FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 file photo, This video 

FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 file photo, This video image released by Iraqi state television shows Saddam Hussein's guards wearing ski masks and placing a noose around the deposed leader's neck moments before his execution. Iraq has executed tens of people so far this year, a big increase over previous years that has intensified concern about whether defendants are receiving fair trials. The executions in 2012 of at least 96 people, all by hanging, amount to more than a quarter of all convicts who have been put to death in the last eight tumultuous years under leaders who struggled to stabilize a country at war after dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted in a U.S.-led invasion. (AP Photo/IRAQI TV, HO, File)
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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 30, 2006 file photo, This video image released by Iraqi state television shows Saddam Hussein's guards wearing ski masks and placing a noose around the deposed leader's neck moments before his execution. Iraq has executed tens of people so far this year, a big increase over previous years that has intensified concern about whether defendants are receiving fair trials. The executions in 2012 of at least 96 people, all by hanging, amount to more than a quarter of all convicts who have been put to death in the last eight tumultuous years under leaders who struggled to stabilize a country at war after dictator Saddam Hussein was ousted in a U.S.-led invasion. (AP Photo/IRAQI TV, HO, File)
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