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Bombed: Saddam Hussein's private yacht, the Al Mansur, lies at the dockside in Basra on April 10 2003

Bombed: Saddam Hussein's private yacht, the Al Mansur, lies at the dockside in Basra on April 10 2003

Pensar que  a SADDAM HUSSEIN, dueño de esta que supo ser una joya , lo encontraron tapado con trapos en la calle como un homeless.

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Bombed to pieces in a raid which could have come straight out of the film Top Gun, it was a stark symbol of Saddam Hussein's rule over Iraq having been broken and destroyed.
The Al Mansur, translated as ‘The Victor’, was the dictator’s £25million yacht which was blasted during the Iraq War in March 2003 - and 10 years on it is still a stark reminder of a fallen tyrant. The 400ft boat, weighing 7,400 tons, could seat 200 guests under a glass atrium in the middle and even had a secret escape route descending down from Hussein’s room into a submarine launch pod.

Blasted: The 400ft boat, weighing 7,400 tons, could seat 200 guests under a glass atrium in the middle

Blasted:  It was designed to Saddam's personal specifications and sumptuously decorated all over in marble, exotic woods, and with silver and gold fittings. Measuring 350ft long, the boat weighed 7,359 tons and looked more like a smart cross-Channel ferry than a private yacht. Saddam's love for al-Mansur was proved just five days before the war began. Despite all the other urgent war preparations, he had ordered the yacht to be moved under a full naval guard from its normal berth in the far southern port of Umm Qasr to Basra's inner harbour in a vain attempt to offer it better protection.

But it was blown up in Basra harbour by 500lb Mark 82 bombs during the Anglo-American invasion by two VF-2s with TARPS (Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System) from USS Constellation. These ‘Bounty Hunter’ F-14 Tomcats attacked the yacht on March 27, 2003, more than 20 years after it had been launched in 1982. It had escaped damage during the Iran-Iraq War of 1980 to 1988.

In profile: Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht took its name, Al Mansur, from an 8th century caliph described by historians as a merciless potentate who destroyed any threat to his rule

In profile: Saddam Hussein's presidential yacht took its name, Al Mansur, from an 8th century caliph described by historians as a merciless potentate who destroyed any threat to his rule


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