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Saddam Rejects Court Charges in Show of Defiance

Animated and defiant, Saddam Hussein appears before an Iraqi court, declaring himself the "president of Iraq" in a show of unbroken will. The former dictator rejected the seven charges filed against him, which include the gassing of Kurds, the invasion of Kuwait and the murder of Shiite clerics. Hear NPR's Steve Inskeep and NPR's Deborah Amos.

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Steve Inskeep is a host of NPR's Morning Edition, as well as NPR's morning news podcast Up First.
Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.