Saddam hoard 'funds insurgency'
Money that Saddam Hussein withdrew from the Iraqi Central Bank may be funding attacks on coalition forces in Iraq, say US officials. Iraq’s toppled leader apparently authorised the removal of about $1bn in US dollar notes on three trucks hours before bombs began to fall on Baghdad. Most of the money has been recovered, but some $132m is still missing, US officials told ABC News. That money may be being used to bolster the resistance campaign, they said. Saddam’s younger son Qusay – killed by US forces in July – is said to have collected the money in the early hours of 19 March. According to the ABC News report, he obtained the funds by producing a simple handwritten authorisation from Saddam Hussein, later found by US agents in the bank’s files. They have concluded the note is genuine after consulting captured Iraqi officials, including the former finance minister Hikmat Ibrahim al-Azzawi. Full Story