The U.S. Treasury Dept. is searching for the $1 billion stolen by Saddam Hussein just before the war, and believes it's hidden in Syria, Lebanon?or France. The U.S. military found $600 million in Saddam's palaces and $200 million in an armored car. Iraqi employees of the Baghdad Central Bank say that members of Saddam's family removed the cash in wheelbarrows. It was then put into tractor-trailers that left Baghdad in the direction of Syria.
Some of Saddam's assets were transferred to Syria and Lebanon in 2002 and early 2003, according to a Treasury Dept. report. Treasury Dept. general counsel David Aufhauser says, "It also pretty well confirms that there's an awful lot of U.S. dollars there, which is the product of illicit commerce."
Saddam's money may have left Iraq, but according to the latest reports, Saddam has not. U.S. Special Forces have tracked him and his son Qusay to an area near Tikrit, Saddam's home town.
Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi says, "He has not left Iraq. He is with his sons though not the entire time. He is traveling with a special escort and his former aides have no idea where he is or what he is doing."
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