Saddam's sword returned
WASHINGTON- A gold-laden sword that once belonged to Saddam Hussein and sold at auction was seized by Homeland Security and returned to Iraq. It was brought to the U.S. by an American combat historian and since it was a gift to Saddam and not a modern battlefield weapon, it could not be considered a war trophy. The sword has a 43-inch blade and the sheath has gold inlaid Arabic writing to the Iraqi ambassador. It was seized by the U.S. government after it was found for sale at an auction in Manchester, New Hampshire. The sword was sold once before for $15,000.