The Rules of Their Exile

Why did Saddam Hussein's daughters suddenly break cover last week to emerge in Amman, Jordan, and why did Jordan's King Abdullah welcome them? Jordanian sources close to the former dictator's family say Raghad and Rana Hussein had sent feelers to several Arab capitals in the weeks before their siblings Uday and Qusay were killed in Mosul, but their brothers' grisly end inspired the sisters to speed up their search for a safe haven.

Jordan, with its long and close ties to the Saddam regime, was a logical choice. But King Abdullah hesitated, sources say, first seeking U.S. approval for any exile...

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