President Bush has called the execution of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein an "important milestone" for Iraq on its path to becoming a democracy that can govern, sustain and defend itself.
Mr. Bush said Saddam's death marks an end of a difficult year for the Iraqi people, but warned that it "will not halt the violence in Iraq." The president issued the statement from his ranch in Crawford, Texas shortly after Saddam's death was announced.
Britain said Saddam had been "held to account" for some of his crimes against the Iraqi people.
One of Saddam's attorneys, Curtis Doebbler told CNN television the ousted Iraqi leader did not get a fair trial.
The U.S.-based group Human Rights Watch also said the trial was "deeply flawed" and condemned Saddam's hanging as "cruel and inhuman," despite his "horrific and widespread human rights violations"
Meanwhile, A U.S. television network (CNN) showed images of Arab-Americans celebrating and waving Iraqi flags in Dearborn, Michigan in the northern U.S.. Some of the revelers who had lost family members during Saddam's brutal rule.