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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 9 April, 2003, 17:18 GMT 18:18 UK
In pictures: Saddam toppled
Marine in Baghdad
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US marines took up positions around a huge statue of the Iraqi leader in central Fardus Square
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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A noose was fastened around the neck of the towering bronze statue...
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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... and a huge sledgehammer was taken to the massive plinth
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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But after all the attempts failed, US marines moved in with an armoured vehicle and a chain.
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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They briefly draped the 'Stars-and-Stripes' flag over the face of Saddam...
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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...but the gesture stirred anger, and instead the troops worked to topple the statue
Saddam statue toppled
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As the crane pulled, the statue - to the sound of a roaring Iraqi crowd - at first only bent from its pedestal....
Statue of Saddam is pulled down in Baghdad
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....but then it snapped completely, to roars of approval from the crowd.
Iraqis attacking the remains of the Saddam statue
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And the crowd stamped on its remains, kicking and spitting on the rubble...
Scenes from Fardus Square in Baghdad
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...and then started to rip apart the statue of the Iraqi leader


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