Tariq Aziz, Iraqi diplomat who spoke for Saddam Hussein, dies at 79

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Tariq Aziz, the once-unflappable diplomat whose face became synonymous with the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, has died, according to reports Friday from Iraq. He was 79.Aziz, who had been in custody since surrendering to U.S. forces in 2003, died of a heart attack in a hospital in southern Iraq, reported the Iraqi Sumariyah news network, quoting local officials. Once a familiar figure in news reports, staunchly defending Saddam, he suffered a stroke in 2010 and had long been in poor health. An Iraqi court sentenced Aziz to death in October 2010 for the persecution of opposition religious parties during the Saddam era.

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