To mark 12th anniversary of the execution of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the US magazine ESQUIRE published what it said were new details of the operation known as Red Dawn, during which US forces found the late president hiding in a farm near Tikrit in early December, 2003.
ESQUIRE reported that two business men, one of them is known as Hadooshi, and the other Mohammed Ibrahim al-Muslit, had revealed important information about Saddam Hussein’s presidential security apparatus which eventually led to his arrest.
After US forces bombed the Hadooshi Farm in Tikrit, they found “huge buried boxes” with $10,000 bundles of hundred-dollar bills in Chase Manhattan Bank wrappers.
The other buried treasure was huge amounts of jewelry belonging to Saddam’s wife, Sajida Talfah, adding up to “about half a dozen garbage bags full of gems.”
US forces bombed the farms of the businessmen, and a nine-year-old boy led them to arrest Muslit, who finally surrendered and told them where Saddam Hussein was hiding, ESQUIRE reported.
The magazine also said that a translator called Samir accompanied the division that stormed the hiding place of Saddam, which consisted of 1000 elements. Samir slapped Saddam on the face when they found him, while the Iraqi president yelled, “Don’t shoot! Don’t shoot!”.