After Hussein’s execution in 2006, Iraq’s new leaders had to choose between family members who wanted the body buried in Hussein’s home village and officials who wanted a secret, unmarked grave. After U.S. pressure, the body was released to his family. When it arrived in Hussein’s native village of Awja, it was temporarily buried in a local mosque, then moved to a compound Hussein had built for himself. After too many fawning visits, the government banned organized trips in 2009.
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