The Hands of Victory monument
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Should one of Saddam Hussein's monuments be repaired?

Last month the government in Iraq quietly began renovating one of the boldest monuments built by Saddam Hussein.

The giant crossed swords that sit at either end of a military parade ground were commissioned in the 1980s to commemorate the war with Iran.

The fists holding the swords were said to be modelled on Saddam's own hands.

So why are they being repaired?

Jonathan Head reports.

  • 28 Feb 2011
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