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    Hi,
    Could someone explain to me the meaning of "by one account" in the following paragraph:
    Jan. 8, 2007 issue - President George W. Bush was sleeping at 9 p.m. at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when Saddam Hussein's body plunged through the trapdoor of a gallows in Kadhimiya Prison on the outskirts of Baghdad. It was dawn in the Iraqi capital, and the 69-year-old Butcher of Baghdad wore no blindfold. He had carried a Qur'an for the last few steps before his death, looking uncertain, even afraid, according to one of the witnesses close to him, but mouthing words of defiance. He sneered at Shiite guards—the warlord Moqtada al-Sadr's men, by one account. He praised God and, as he neared the gallows, proclaimed, "Iraq without me is nothing."
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    Hello Silvia

    In this context, it means "by somebody's account", i.e. "according to one of those people who were present at the execution".

    "By one account" is often used where a journalist, etc. doesn't want to reveal the identity of the source of a story.

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    Thank you very much, now I understand the meaning.

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    Sorry, I guess I was too fast in saying that I understood. My question is: Is the "witness" one of Moqtada al-Sadr's men or was Sadam sneering the Moqtada al-Sadr's men according to a "witness"?

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    Sadam was sneering at Moqtada al-Sadr's men according to a "witness"?

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