Inside Saddam Inc.

The Iraqi leader is not only a despot but one of the world's richest swindlers. Here's how he does it

In the event of war, U.S. special forces will scour Iraq in search of Saddam Hussein, but another team of American sleuths will be hunting something even more shadowy: his money. Severing the dictator from his dollars would make it far more difficult for Saddam to survive in hiding like Osama bin Laden, while the recovery of those assets could help rebuild Iraq.

But it won't be easy. Saddam is considered one of the world's richest men, but over the past three decades, he has gone to great lengths to conceal his vast, ill-gotten fortune. "Money is profoundly important to...

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