Saddam Hussein 'had plan to escape from US prison'

Saddam Hussein planned to escape from his US-run prison in 2006 with the help of loyalists, including former bodyguards, according to a book written by one of his lawyers.

Under the plan, the Iraqi fighters were given orders to attack Baghdad's Green Zone and the headquarters of the US Marines at the capital's airport, before raiding his jail at Camp Cropper near the airport, according to Khalil al-Dulaimi who wrote Saddam Hussein Out of US Prison: What Happened.

Dulaimi said the plan was dropped "after a shooting incident outside (Saddam's) detention centre, which led to fortifying the facility and boosting security measures."

Six months later, Saddam was dead. He was hanged in December after being convicted of crimes against humanity for the killing of 148 Shiite civilians following an assassination attempt against him in 1982.

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