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Saddam Hussein's palaces
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 16 July 2009 | Colin Freeman

Posted on 07/16/2009 7:43:34 PM PDT by Albion Wilde

Saddam Hussein spent billions building dozens of vast, gaudy palaces all over Iraq, many of which are still occupied by US troops. But the Iraqi government is divided - as usual - on what to do with them once the soldiers have gone...

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...‘For sale/rent: 80 presidential palaces, average unit living space half-a-million square feet. Attached gardens featuring disused swimming pools, personal zoos/nuclear bunkers etc. Rooms fitted with thrones and gold lavatories, en suite torture chamber optional. Some bomb damage. Suit megalomaniac or similar.’

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; palace; palaces; postwariraq; saddam

Photo by Richard Mosse
1 posted on 07/16/2009 7:43:35 PM PDT by Albion Wilde
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To: Albion Wilde
Baathist Baroque... LOL.

Kitsch done really bad.

Saddam's bedroom.

2 posted on 07/16/2009 7:45:48 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Albion Wilde
many of which are still occupied by US troops....

I bet some of our soldiers have some interesting stories and pictures to bring home...

3 posted on 07/16/2009 8:03:12 PM PDT by John123 (Turn on your teleprompter Obama and read your lips... "No New Taxes!!")
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To: 2ndClassCitizen; 2ndDivisionVet; 3D-JOY; AConservativeRealist; airborne; AnAmericanMother; ...

Ping!


4 posted on 07/16/2009 8:07:23 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Well, ok. I’ll move in one.


5 posted on 07/16/2009 8:10:50 PM PDT by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: SolidWood

It decorated like that scene at the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.


6 posted on 07/16/2009 8:21:54 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: SolidWood
That is soooooooooo teh ghey......
7 posted on 07/16/2009 8:23:24 PM PDT by ExGeeEye (Free men don't need government permission.)
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To: Albion Wilde

Thanks for the ping.


8 posted on 07/16/2009 8:23:56 PM PDT by ArmstedFragg (hoaxy dopey changey)
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To: Albion Wilde


Jewish Menorah lighting ceremony at Saddam's palace


9 posted on 07/16/2009 8:24:51 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: Albion Wilde
Here's a blog with lots of palace photos:

Saddam Hussein's Tikrit Presidential Site:
Photographs Taken April, 2003 as US forces entered Tikrit.  Operation Iraqi Freedom I.

10 posted on 07/16/2009 8:26:38 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: ExGeeEye; SolidWood
That is soooooooooo teh ghey......

It really is, isn't it? What's with the peachy pink?

11 posted on 07/16/2009 8:27:49 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: ArmstedFragg

You are welcome. More pix just posted.


12 posted on 07/16/2009 8:28:29 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: SolidWood

Yabba Dabba Doo

That bed looks like Fred Flintstone’s car...

Only thing missing are the Broncosaurus ribs..

:)


13 posted on 07/16/2009 8:30:00 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Albion Wilde

LOL! Hahahaha! Christmas and Hanukkah in Saddam's palace. Now THAT is priceless.

14 posted on 07/16/2009 8:30:03 PM PDT by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: Albion Wilde

I wonder if we could talk them into giving one to Obama. But only if he’d agree to live there full time.


15 posted on 07/16/2009 8:39:23 PM PDT by oneolcop (Lead, Follow or Get the hell out of the way!)
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To: SolidWood

16 posted on 07/16/2009 8:49:33 PM PDT by LucyJo ("...guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism...". George Washington)
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To: Albion Wilde
I stayed in Saddam's victory over America Palace.

Me, a tech and 30,000 gallons of nitric acid, taken from a warehouse in Baghdad, Manufactured in the US and owned by the UN (the stamps on the 5 gal containers ID'd the UN.) This was in 07-08.

Very opulent and stylish digs

17 posted on 07/16/2009 10:19:21 PM PDT by SERE_DOC (My Rice Krispies told me to stay home & clean my weapons! How does one clean a phase 4 plasma rifle)
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To: Albion Wilde

Fascinating photos. Pity that no ‘news’ program ever wanted to share them or similar pics with American viewers. I wonder if Tikrit could become a tourist destination. The palaces on the lake look very inviting.


18 posted on 07/17/2009 4:58:04 AM PDT by maica (Politics is not about facts. it is about what politicians can get people to believe. - Thomas Sowell)
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To: Albion Wilde

Do you know who runs that site?


19 posted on 07/17/2009 5:55:24 AM PDT by ikez78 (http://www.regimeofterror.com - Saddam Hussein and terrorism)
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To: SERE_DOC
I stayed in Saddam's victory over America Palace....

That's an awesome story! Something to tell the grandkids one day...

20 posted on 07/17/2009 6:44:24 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: oneolcop
I wonder if we could talk them into giving one to Obama. But only if he’d agree to live there full time.

LOL! It would suit his tastes better than that ol' house he's living in now.

21 posted on 07/17/2009 6:45:44 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: maica
Fascinating photos. Pity that no ‘news’ program ever wanted to share them or similar pics with American viewers. I wonder if Tikrit could become a tourist destination. The palaces on the lake look very inviting.

That would make a great place to build a luxury spa, hotel and restaurants. As for the American MSM, it's a goner.

22 posted on 07/17/2009 6:48:14 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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To: ikez78
Do you know who runs that site?

The author and photographer are listed on this page. He is writing a book about the 4th infantry division, the site says. Beautiful photos!

23 posted on 07/17/2009 6:53:25 AM PDT by Albion Wilde ( Jim Thompson for President.)
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U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus, commanding general, Multinational Force Iraq, reenlisted 1,215 U.S. servicemembers from all over Iraq July 4, 2008, during a ceremony in the Al Faw Palace rotunda at Camp Victrory in Baghdad. Photo by MNF-I Public Affair

Petraeus Re-enlists 1,215 U.S. Troops July 4 in Iraq

24 posted on 07/17/2009 10:32:18 AM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: Albion Wilde

Turn them into luxury hotels perhaps.


25 posted on 07/17/2009 6:35:38 PM PDT by Marine_Uncle
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