FROM Bobby Caina Calvan
US Stalls Executions of Chemical Ali and Two Former Aides to Saddam Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has lashed out at American forces who are holding three high-ranking figures from Saddam Hussein's regime. All three have been sentenced to hang, and Maliki wants the sentences carried out. But others in his government object and the US says there should be consensus. Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," has been sentenced to die for murdering Kurdish civilians with poison gas, as have former defense chief Sultan Hashim and one other aide to Saddam Hussein. Bobby Caina Calvan is in Baghdad for the McClatchy Newspapers .
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