A Tool of Terror
Uday Hussain Smith & Wesson Gun
Uday Lion Cage - Two of the lions owned by Uday Hussein and kept in a private cage at one of his Baghdad palaces. A U.S. military service member trades U.S. dollars for Iraqi currency on a street in downtown Baghdad. Part of a cache of weapons discovered in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces. The load of weapons included AK-47s, rifles and shotguns. The Palestine Hotel in downtown Baghdad. Once the headquarters for media reports covering Iraq, the hotel is now a military facility.
Ace of spades - Uday Saddam Hussein, eldest son of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Uday is depicted as the ace of hearts in a deck of playing cards developed by the Department of Defense to list the 52 top Iraqi leaders sought by coalition forces. Coalition forces conducting nighttime operations using night vision goggles and other detection gear outside of Baghdad in April 2003. A DEA Attorney photographed in front of Saddam International Airport, renamed Baghdad International Airport by coalition forces after the facility was captured. U.S. military forces on the tarmac at Saddam International Airport after its capture in April 2003.
Coalition forces caught in a traffic backup in downtown Baghdad. Scenes like this were both common and dangerous as an ambush of the forces was very possible. Approaching the bombed ruins of one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces near the Tigris River in Bahgdad. The palace of Uday Hussein, eldest son of Saddam Hussein where the Smith and Wesson revolver above was found. A DEA Special Agent during an operation in downtown Baghdad. This Special Agent was one of many DEA employees called to active duty during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
This ornate Model 27 handgun was purchased from Smith & Wesson in 1976 by the government of Saudi Arabia. U.S. Special Forces found it in the bedroom of Uday Hussein in Baghdad in April 2003. It is reported by reliable sources that Uday Hussein used the weapon to terrorize and kill more than one Iraqi.

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During the recent war in Iraq, tens of thousands of U.S. citizens were called to service. Over 300 DEA employees served in Iraq and in support positions in the United States. The photographs in this showcase exhibit show only some of the DEA people in action in Iraq. One of those people, a DEA Attorney served with U.S. Special Forces and helped to bring back the gun (shown above) to the U.S. and to the DEA Museum for exhibition.

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