Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, July 01, 2003

The head of Saddam's tribe is dead.

Attackers kille the head of Saddam Hussein's tribe, who recently disavowed the ousted president, while he rode in a car in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, the regional governor said Tuesday. Abdullah Mahmoud al-Khattab, who was leader of Saddam's Bani al-Nasiri tribe, was killed Sunday and his son was wounded, said the governor, Hussein al-Jubouri, according to AP.

Appointed by Saddam as tribal chief, al-Khattab remained close to the former leader during his 35-year rule. But after the U.S.-led invasion, he publicly disavowed Saddam in the presence of local leaders and American troops, residents said.

Al-Khattab "had many enemies and he had confiscated a lot of properties and killed many people," the governor said. "The person who killed him could have taken revenge," al-Jubouri added.

The assailants had been riding in a pickup truck when they shot al-Khattab and fled the scene, residents said.

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