Vol. 5 Num 382 Fri. June 24, 2005  

New Saddam novel to hit market soon

A novel said to have been penned by ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein telling the story of an Arab warrior who saves a town from a plot to overthrow its ruler is to be published soon, a newspaper reported yesterday.

Jordan's independent Al-Arab Al-Yawm newspaper carried a picture of the cover of the Arabic-language book "Ekhroj minha ya mal'un" whose title could be translated into "Damned one, get out of here".

The book is expected to be published in Jordan and other Arab countries within a week, the newspaper said.

It relates the story of a man named Haskeel who plots to overthrow the ruler of a town but is eventually defeated by an Arab warrior and the ruler's daughter, according to the newspaper.

The book carries a message from Saddam's eldest daughter Raghad praising her father, who is now in US custody in Iraq after his toppling in the US-led war in 2003.

Saddam family lawyer Ziad Najdawi told AFP the book had been on sale in Iraq since the US-led war of March 2003, where it was released as a novel "by its author" with no mention of Saddam.