Saddam held in Qatar

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Following his capture by US forces in December last year, Saddam was first moved to a US aircraft carrier in the Gulf for interrogation, the Independent reported.

He was transferred to Qatar under great secrecy, with even the state’s royal family not informed of his presence.

Major violence in Iraq over recent days, in which more than 100 Iraqis and 20 coalition troops were killed, meant Qatar was now seen as a safer place to keep the ousted leader, the paper said.