St. Louis Man Remembers Iraqi Leader

9 years 8 months 3 weeks ago December 31, 2006 Dec 31, 2006 Sunday, December 31 2006 Sunday, December 31, 2006 3:28:23 PM CST in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis area nurse who cared for Saddam Hussein after his capture recalls a softer side of the man. The Iraqi leader was executed at dawn yesterday for human rights crimes. But the nurse told of a man who wrote poetry, read his children bedtime stories, and fed birds crusts of bread saved from his meal. From January 2004 until August 2005, Master Sergeant Robert Ellis was the senior medical adviser at the compound near Baghdad where Saddam was jailed. He tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Saddam never gave him trouble, and rarely complained. Ellis says Saddam even hugged him once, when the nurse learned his brother in the US was dying. Saddam did ask Ellis why the US had invaded Iraq, saying Iraq's laws were fair and the weapons inspectors had found nothing.

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