U.S. empties biggest Iraq base, takes Saddam's toilet as souvenir

By Published: November 7, 2011

The U.S. military is vacating Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month, but Saddam's prison toilet is leaving with the Americans, Reuters reports.

The toilet is destined for the Military Police Museum at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Lt. Col. Jerry Brooks told Reuters.

He said as the U.S. military clears out of the Camp Victory complex, they are taking only things that the Americans installed.

Saddam and his cousin, known as Chemical Ali, were incarcerated at the complex after their capture and were later executed by Iraq's new government. Reuters describes the secret cells where the high-value prisoners were held, at the heart of a compound that U.S. forces intentionally left in disrepair, a deception intended to prevent attempted jailbreaks.

Read more about the jail that once housed Saddam -- and that famous toilet -- from Reuters

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