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While the world remains unsure of the fate of Saddam Hussein, the deposed dictator’s information minister – commonly known as “Baghdad Bob” – is reportedly alive and well, still living in Baghdad.
Muhammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka ‘Baghdad Bob’
Muhammed Saeed al-Sahhaf had vanished from public view as American forces stormed into Baghdad and toppled a statue of Saddam.
Britain’s Mail on Sunday says it tracked him down in Iraq’s capital, ending speculation he committed suicide or fled the country.
“Saddam’s mouthpiece is cowering in his modest home, terrified his own people will kill him,” says the paper.
As WorldNetDaily previously reported, Sahhaf became an international star in the final days of fighting, making hard-to-believe claims about Iraqi successes and U.S. failures, including:
- “Let the American infidels bask in their illusion”;
- “My feelings – as usual – we will slaughter them all”;
- “We have placed them in a quagmire from which they can never emerge except dead”;
- “God will roast their stomachs in hell at the hands of Iraqis”;
- “I triple guarantee you, there are no American soldiers in Baghdad.”
Hassan Abbas, a government worker, told the Mail, “We hate al-Sahhaf for claiming Baghdad was safe. He was still shouting at us on TV while I was hiding under my desk in a hail of bullets. Many people want to kill him.”
The report describes Sahhaf as “a broken man, spending his days pacing his study in his uniform and green beret.”
“The family are worried he is going out of his mind,” a friend told the paper.
“Iraqi Dis-Information Minister” doll
With or without his knowledge or blessing, Baghdad Bob has already become a marketing success, with action figures with his likeness being sold in the U.S., and TV commercials featuring Sahhaf hitting the airwaves.
Now, a new DVD and video collection of the spinmeister’s greatest soundbites is in the works.
According to Scotland’s Edinburgh Evening News, producers of the video are donating ten percent of profits to the Red Cross for Third World aid.
The company behind the video calls itself the Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation and said:
“The media throws up unlikely heroes, men or women that touch us, those that triumph in the face of hardship and adversity, those that strike a resonant note in these beleaguered times. And the last 12 months has given us one such man, a warrior of unshakable belief, a titan amongst publicists, a hero for the modern media age.”