Saddam Hussein was apparently executed in Baghdad just before 6am local time.
The news of his execution was first broadcast by Al-Hurra and Al-Arabiya Television in the Middle east.
Al Jazeera has subsequently picked up the story, as well as the BBC, and other outlets.
Saddam’s lawyers had appealed his execution, and even applied for an injunction against the US military handing over Saddam Hussein, because he was involved in a civil suit in the United States.
None of these motions were successful however, and Saddam Hussein was executed on December 29, 2006.