Tariq Aziz, Top Aide to Saddam Hussein, Dies in Hospital

Tariq Aziz, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, has died in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials said. He was 79. Aziz died on Friday afternoon after he was taken to the al-Hussein hospital in the city of Nasiriyah, about 320 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, according to the provincial governor, Yahya al-Nassiri.



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