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04-12-03, 02:03 PM
Apr 12, 2:52 PM EDT

Troops Discover Lush Saddam Hideaway

Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- The doors of the town house opened to reveal a playboy's fantasy straight from the 1960s: mirrored bedroom, lamps shaped like women, air-brushed paintings of a topless blonde woman and a mustached hero battling a crocodile.

On the wall and in the bedroom were photos of Saddam Hussein and one of his mistresses. Military officials suspect they found one of the paranoid Iraqi leader's many safe houses.

"This must have been Saddam's love shack," said Sgt. Spencer Willardson of Logan, Utah.

The split-level, one-bedroom town house is in a Baath Party enclave in an upscale neighborhood in central Baghdad where generals and senior party officials lived.

As U.S. officials set up command posts there, troops were going home by home, searching for looters and weapons.

Next door, where iron sheets were welded over all the windows, they found more than 6,000 Berretta pistols, 650 Sig Sauer pistols, 248 Colt Revolvers, 160 Belgian 7.65 mm pistols, 12 cases of Sterling submachine guns and four cases of anti-tank missiles all still in the unopened original boxes. There were also tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition mortars and cases of old handguns and heavy machine guns.

Not far off was another presidential palace, this one with a Yugoslav-built, chemical and biological weapons-proof bunker underneath it. A U.S. Army team inspected it and it appeared to be strictly defensive in nature.

But this home was different: beanbag chairs, a garden of plastic plants, a sunken kitchen and a room for a servant, all 1960s-style.

The sunken wet bar was stocked with 20-year old Italian red wines and expensive cognacs, brandies and Scotch whiskeys, the same brands found in several presidential palaces.

The glassware, too, was the same pattern that was found in at least three palaces also visited by U.S. troops since the regime collapsed. The pattern features the Iraqi government seal and a gold pattern on that rim.

But when it came time to eat dinner, Saddam was served his food on the official fine china of the Kuwaiti royal family, complete with the family seal and gold and maroon trim.

Capt. Chris Carter, commander of A Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, said the home appears to be one of Saddam's safe houses. The photos in the living room, bedroom and on the wall are of Saddam and Parisoula Lampsos, who publicly claimed to be his mistress. She escaped to Lebanon in 2002.

Lampsos was interviewed extensively about her relationship with Saddam on U.S. television. Her current location is unknown and she was last believed to be in hiding.

The photos show Saddam and Lampsos smiling at each other and standing beside one another - in one Saddam wears a uniform and in another a suit.

On one wall was a 16-by-20 inch plaque of the Iraqi eagle and flag seal.

Upstairs was a television room with bright blue, pink and yellow throw pillows. The bathroom included a whirlpool bath. The kingsize bed was fitted into an alcove with mirrors on two sides and a fantasy painting on the third.

The closets and drawers were empty except for a man's night shirt, two pairs of boxer shorts, two T-shirts and a bath robe - each item individually wrapped in plastic, just as similar items had been in the palaces.

One of the air-brushed paintings depicted a topless blonde woman, with a green demon behind her, pointing a finger at a mythic hero. From the tip of her finger came a giant serpent, which had wrapped itself around the warrior.

Another showed a buxom woman chained to a barren desert mountain ledge, with a huge dragon diving down to kill her with sharpened talons.

The home's 1960s look - parodied in the series of "Austin Powers" spy spoofs - inspired a round of imitations from soldiers slogging door to door.

"Yeah, baaabeee," said Carter, doing his best imitation of actor Mike Meyers' character.

"Shagadelic," another soldier shouted.

Indeed, the carpet was navy blue shag.



04-17-03, 03:46 PM
But in 1991 he reprimanded the women for spending too much:

Saddam Hussein tells Iraqi women to stop squandering

Iraqi president Saddam Hussein said that a good number of Iraqi women continue to go to the shops without knowing why and without needing to

June 20, 2001, 10:02 AM BAGHDAD
- President Saddam Hussein has said Iraqi women must stop being a "burden" to men by squandering money shopping for no reason in a country about to enter its 11th year of crippling sanctions, newspapers reported Wednesday.

"A good number of Iraqi women continue to go to the shops without knowing why and without needing to, while women in other Arab countries and the rest of the world only go when their family is lacking something," Saddam told a group of artists and engineers overnight.

"Women must lend their support to men instead of being a burden by their excessive demands," Saddam said to the group, which was presenting models of a "monument to the martyr" that will be constructed in the Iraqi provinces.

"The current situation in Iraq is difficult because of the embargo. Women must help men," Saddam said, also warning against lavish celebrations during wedding ceremonies.

The cost of the monument was not disclosed.....

Probably was looking for money to build another Saddam statute