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Saddam Hussein: dead but won’t lie down

Three years after his execution, the dictator returns in the form of ‘Saddam TV’, broadcasting to the faithful.

The broadcasts began on the first day of Eid al-Adha, which is also the anniversary of his 2006 execution in the Islamic calendar. Broadcasting from an unknown place, Latifa TV channel started airing Saddam Husain’s pictures and voice records last Friday.

One of the Saddam pictures shown on the channel aired with a banner saying “draw your swords.”

The channel, Al-Arabi (‘the Arab’), is backed by supporters of Saddam’s banned Ba’th Party. It is available from Nilesat and Arabsat.

Quoting Al-Jazeera, BBC Monitoring reported that the station had been launched to thwart “attempts to tarnish the image of Ba’th Party leaders, including Saddam Hussein and others who were in prison with him.” It’s a little late for that, possibly.

Mohammed Jarboua, an Algerian in Syria who is claimed to be the channel’s chairman said “the Saddam channel is for Iraqis and other Arabs who long for his rule.”

Mr Jarboua also claimed the channel broadcast from Europe, but did not give any details citing the security concerns of the workers.