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12/26/06- Crawford, TX

White House Salutes Saddam Death Penalty Ruling

The White House is praising a decision by Iraq's highest appeals court to uphold the death sentence against former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

A White House spokesman says the ruling marks "an important milestone in the Iraqi people's efforts to replace the rule of a tyrant with the rule of law."

The court also says that Saddam is to be hanged within 30 days.

Saddam was sentenced to death last month for ordering the killings of 148 Shiites in 1982, following an attempt on his life.

The president, meanwhile, is in Texas, where he will host a National Security Council meeting on Thursday at his ranch.

The president is not expected to make any final decision yet on what he says will be a new way forward in Iraq.

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