Saddam Hussein: Stinker

At the Baathists' war against Iraqi Kurds intensified in October 1983, Saddam Hussein visited Kirkuk, an ethnically mixed city in northern Iraq, to secure the loyalty of the area's oil workers. Two Presidential helicopters landed in an open field, tanks cordoned off the streets, and Saddam, flanked by security guards, knocked at someone's kitchen door.

Luna Dawood (who was twenty-four years old) was among those who shook Saddam's hand and welcomed the dictator into their home. His cologne was so overpowering that, for days afterward, she was unable to remove the scent from her hand and the family's living-room sofa smelled so strongly that it had to be given away.

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