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Former U.S. Attorney Ramsey Clark has joined Saddam Hussein's legal team, the fallen dictator's chief defense lawyer said Wednesday.

Ziad al-Khasawneh said Clark joined the team after Saddam told his Iraqi lawyer, Khalil al-Duleimi, in a meeting last week to convey his regards to the former U.S. attorney. Clark interpreted the gesture as an attempt to enlist him, al-Khasawneh added.

Clark's law office in New York City refused to comment and said Clark was scheduled to be out of the country until next week.

Clark is a staunch war opponent who has met Saddam several times over the last 15 years. He was considered a friend of Iraq under Saddam when the United Nations imposed an embargo.

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