Imam arrested for painting Saddam Hussein's name on mosque

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The imam of the main mosque in Saddam Hussein's former stronghold Tikrit has been arrested for spray-painting the late dictator's name on the mosque.

The imam, a former Iraqi soldier under Saddam, was arrested on Thursday on the street outside his home and taken to police headquarters, his family said.

Erected as the Great Saddam Mosque in 2002, the imposing building was renamed the Great Tikrit Mosque after the former president was ousted following the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq.

But the imam rejected the new name, according to a source in his family....

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