US, Iraq sign deal to settle Saddam-era claims

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September 11, 2010 01:17

 
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BAGHDAD – Iraq has agreed to pay $400 million to Americans who say they were abused by Saddam Hussein's regime, US and Iraqi officials said Friday.

The agreement, recently signed by US and Iraqi officials, represents a significant step forward for Iraq and could bring an end to years of legal battles by Americans who claim to have been tortured or traumatized under Saddam's regime.

But the deal is likely to anger Iraqis who consider themselves the victims' of both Saddam and the 2003 US invasion, and wonder why they should pay money for wrongs committed by the ousted dictator.

The American Embassy spokesman in Iraq, David Ranz, said the agreement "to settle claims of American victims of the Saddam Hussein regime," was signed Sept. 2. He gave no details of the agreement, including who the specific claimants are or the dollar amount involved.

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