Iraq approves settlement for Saddam's US victims

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi Cabinet unanimously approved a $400 million settlement for Americans who said they were abused by Saddam Hussein's regime, the government spokesman said Thursday.
The agreement 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 dating back to the 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait.
The deal is likely to anger Iraqis who consider themselves the victims of both Saddam's regime and the 2003 US-led invasion and question why they should pay money for wrongs committed by the ousted dictator.
Saddam's government held hundreds of Americans hostage during the run-up to the 1991 Gulf War, using them as human shields in hopes of staving off an attack by the US and its allies and many have since pursued law suits against the Iraqi government.
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