A decade later, Saddam 'lives on' in Baghdad shop

A shopkeeper displays a watch bearing a portrait of late Iraqi president Saddam Hussein at his shop in the capital Baghdad on December 28, 2016Baghdad shopkeeper Anwar offers Saddam Hussein photos, coins and postage stamps that keep the ousted president alive 10 years after his execution and cater to customers nostalgic for his rule. While Saddam was brutal to those who opposed him, and led his country into two disastrous wars, there are those who still look back fondly on his time in power, especially in comparison to the years of devastating internal violence and ineffective governance that followed his overthrow in 2003. “It was a gift that Saddam gave to deserving officers,” said Anwar, who may be his own best customer for Saddam memorabilia.

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