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Newsline: “You never knew if you’d leave Iraqi embassy alive”

Iraqi ex-pats were not only terrified to enter the Iraqi mission in New York during Saddam Hussein’s brutal dictatorial rule — but also that country’s embassy in the heart of the US Capitol, The Post has learned. You never know what could happen to you when you walked in to one of our embassies — even here in the US,” the official warned. The Post exclusively reported Wednesday that Saddam installed a jail equipped for torture inside the Iraqi Mission in Manhattan during his oppressive reign from 1979 to 2003 when his regime was toppled by US forces. His savage spies — known as the Mukhabarat — were put in charge of the “detention room” in the basement, where they imprisoned local Iraqis for up to 15 days sometimes to force their relatives back in the homeland to surrender and cooperate with the tyrannical government, two Iraqi officials said. The secret chamber was similar to detention rooms in Iraqi embassies in Eastern Europe, where evidence of torture was uncovered, the officials said. Some of the torture tools used by the Mukhabarat included wooden planks, rubber hoses and copper wires. The agents also pulled out prisoners’ nails and beat them to a bloody pulp.



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