Scarce Document Signed by Saddam Hussein
HUSSEIN, Saddam (1937-2006). Infamous Iraqi dictator. On August 2, 1990 his army overran neighboring Kuwait in a surprise attack which triggered a worldwide trade embargo against Iraq. In a six-week long war that began on January 16, 1991, a U.S. led military coalition (Operation Desert Storm) drove Iraq’s armies out of Kuwait. Later, a U.S. invasion of Iraq ended his regime in April 2003. He remained in hiding until being captured on December 13, 2003. He was hung three years later. Colorful document signed, September 14, 1989, six separate pages, small folio, as President of the Supreme Council for the Revolution. Light green letterhead with decorative gold borders and the official Iraqi eagle emblem at top center. Translated, “Orders by Mr. President the Rais (Leader), In order to defend the beloved country of Iraq against the Khomeinist invaders, the Iraq citizens listed below have made donations...” Lengthy double columned listing of 286 names follow. Boldly signed by Saddam Hussein in green ink on the last page.
These pages were removed from a book of records discovered along with similar bureaucratic volumes in a hole-like hiding place in a building that was cleared as part of a U.S. Military operation in Baghdad between April and June 2003. It was approved for private ownership by the military. Together with a newspaper portrait of Hussein with the hang man’s noose being placed around his neck. These six pages are in excellent condition...............SOLD