1. SOUVENIR

    Saddam’s Toilet Goes to Museum

    A view across a pond on November 7, 2011, leading to the Al-Faw palace formerly belonging to executed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and located in what is now the US military Camp Victory complex in Baghdad.  What were once among the most sensitive US sites in Iraq, including a palace that housed top generals and a bombed-out villa that held Saddam Hussein, will soon be back in Iraqi hands by the end of the year. AFP PHOTO/ALI  AL-SAADI (Photo credit should read ALI AL-SAADI/AFP/Getty Images)

    Ali al-Saadi, AFP / Getty Images

    The U.S. plans to hand over its military base in Baghdad to the Iraqi government in December, but it will take at least one thing with it during the switchover: Saddam’s toilet. The stainless-steel souvenir was used by the dictator while imprisoned by the U.S. military for two years before his execution. It will be displayed at an American military-police museum. Soldiers have gotten to work packing up the Versailles-style palaces where the war command was once stationed since President Obama announced that all forces would be out of Iraq by the end of the year.

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