Wednesday, July 31, 2013

 

U.S. returns stolen Saddam Hussein sword to Iraq

U.S. officials returned a 43-inch gold-laden sword to Iraq that was taken from the personal office of ousted dictator Saddam Hussein.




Hussein sword returned to Iraq: Suddam Hussein in 1998.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein waves in Baghdad in 1998.
WASHINGTON — A gold-laden sword looted from ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's personal office in the aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq has been returned to Iraqi authorities.


Hussein sword returned to Iraq: Saddam Hussein's sword
Saddam Hussein's sword
The Homeland Security Department on Monday returned the 43-inch sword with an embellished blade and sheath with gold inlaid Arabic writing to the Iraqi ambassador. 

The sword was seized by the U.S. government in January 2012 after it was found for sale at an auction in Manchester, N.H.

The auction company, which sold the sword for $15,000 before it was seized, said it was brought to the United States by an American combat historian. 

The department said the sword, a gift to Saddam, is not a modern battlefield weapon and could not be considered a war trophy.

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