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Tariq Aziz, the debonair Iraqi diplomat who made his name by staunchly defending Saddam Hussein to the world during three wars and was later sentenced to death as part of the regime that killed hundreds of thousands of its own people, has died in a hospital in southern Iraq, officials said.Aziz was the highest-ranking Christian in Saddam's regime, the international face of Saddam's regime for years. A Baghdad government official confirmed the death of Aziz. The only Christian among Saddam's inner circle, Aziz's religion rescued him from the hangman's noose that was the fate of other members of the top regime leadership.Elegant and eloquent, Aziz spoke fluent English, smoked Cuban cigars and was loyal to Saddam to the last, even naming one of his sons after the dictator.Aziz was born to a Chaldean Catholic family in Tell Kaif, Iraq, in 1936 .Saddam took charge in 1979 . Years later in court, Aziz again defended Saddam.Aziz himself stood trial in seven cases – nearly all on charges of crimes against humanity related to Saddam's campaigns against Shiite political parties and Kurds.
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