Iraq transforms Saddam's palace to US university

(MENAFN) Iraq's authorities have chosen one of the presidential palaces as the premise for the American University in Baghdad, officials were quoted saying on Thursday.

State-owned al-Sabaah newspaper quoted Ahmed al-Rubaye, director-general of the state properties department, saying that the Radhwaniyah palace and the surrounding territory were selected by the department, in coordination with a commission formed by the cabinet on the management of state assets, for the establishment of the American University in Baghdad.

He said this step also involves the execution of "strategic projects that make use of that location for the purpose of investment".

Radhwaniya is located to the west of Baghdad, and the presidential palace there was a main residence for the former president's family.

A government committee is currently taking stock of palaces and other properties belonging to Saddam and his Baath Party.


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