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Saddam’s AK heading back to Iraq

Post by Scott Fontaine on Feb. 26, 2010 at 11:54 am |
February 26, 2010 11:54 am

Remember that pearl-handled AK-47 that once belonged to Saddam Hussein that found its way to Fort Lewis (with some stops in between)?

It’s going back to the Iraqis.

According to CNN, it’s just one of more than a thousand artifacts that were taken as war trophies that were turned over during a ceremony at the Iraqi Embassy in Washington.

Here’s the gun’s description from the story:

An AK-47 with Saddam Hussein’s image, an example of a special firearm handed out by Hussein to members and backers of his ruling Baath Party. The weapon was recovered in the spring of 2007 during operations in Baghdad.

“A former colonel authorized the transport of the AK-47 from Iraq to Fort Lewis [in Washington state] to be placed in the Fort Lewis Museum as a war trophy. The item was seized by ICE in cooperation with … the U.S. Army at the behest of the Iraqi government,” the agency said in a news release.

Full story here.

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