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Saddam Hussein's granddaughter says he was 'wrong' to rely on family *PARTNER CONTENT*

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April 08, 2019 at 22:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter Hareer Hussein Kamel spoke about her new book on her home country, in an interview filmed at an undisclosed location and released on Monday.

She revealed she felt Hussein had made some errors of judgement during his tenure, particularly with his family.

"My conscience makes me admit that relying on family members only was one of the key mistakes that led to all these things. I was not the only one to suffer from that. Iraqi nationals should know we, family members, have suffered from this. The decision to empower the whole family, bound by the common interests and loyalty, was wrong," Hussein Kamel said.

On December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging on the first day of Eid ul-Adha (Islamic Holiday) at 'Camp Justice', a joint US-Iraqi military base, after spending three years in custody.

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Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter Hareer Hussein Kamel spoke about her new book on her home country, in an interview filmed at an undisclosed location and released on Monday.

She revealed she felt Hussein had made some errors of judgement during his tenure, particularly with his family.

"My conscience makes me admit that relying on family members only was one of the key mistakes that led to all these things. I was not the only one to suffer from that. Iraqi nationals should know we, family members, have suffered from this. The decision to empower the whole family, bound by the common interests and loyalty, was wrong," Hussein Kamel said.

On December 30, 2006, Saddam Hussein was executed by hanging on the first day of Eid ul-Adha (Islamic Holiday) at 'Camp Justice', a joint US-Iraqi military base, after spending three years in custody.

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SOT, Hareer Hussein Kamel, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter (Arabic): "I had many intimate diaries, about four or five. I was forced to burn them, that was my own decision, frankly speaking. I burnt them for safety reasons. I, as all the girls, have my intimate diaries, but my political and family situation differs from them. It was extremely hard to keep them for a long time, especially when the end [of my family] was coming. It was hard to save them and hard to run away with them. I knew it would be hard to take them with me so I had no choice but to burn them."

SOT, Hareer Hussein Kamel, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter (Arabic): "I know many people may take offence because of what I am saying. It had happened before, but now it does not matter much. Of course, it is important to me that people are pleased with their jobs, anyway self-honesty and honesty in front of God is the most important thing to me. My conscience makes me admit that relying on family members only was one of the key mistakes that led to all these things. I was not the only one to suffer from that. Iraqi nationals should know we, family members, have suffered from this. The decision to empower the whole family, bound by the common interests and loyalty, was wrong. We, and Saddam Hussein's closest relatives, suffered from that. Of course the decision was wrong. Не who makes no mistakes makes nothing. It is ok."

SOT, Hareer Hussein Kamel, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter (Arabic): "We got used to unrest which happens during wars because we had experienced such events. We got used to it. But that was not the case, the thing was that neither my mother nor my aunt Rana would ever think that this place could have become the target of bombardments. Because according to quotes which turned out to be false, this war should have been waged against politicians and the military. Nobody would ever think that a peaceful family consisting of two women and nine children could have been shelled. She, my mother, was sure that she, as a woman with five children and her sister with four children, would never find themselves in cross-fire. That was her mistake."

SOT, Hareer Hussein Kamel, former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein’s granddaughter (Arabic): "No, we were children, but we understood what was going on. Even a two-year-old or three-year-old child experiencing a war is aware of what is going on around. We were aware of the overall situation, we did not have passports and we could not leave the country. We were all keeping an eye on what was going on in Iraq. I knew from my grandfather that we would also experience what all Iraqi people were experiencing. We all – children, women, men - understood it and knew it was imminent. We fully relied on God."

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