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Americans remove toilet and door from prison cell used to house Saddam Hussein

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A U.S. Army soldier stands in the prison cell of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein where he was detained after his capture and prior to his December 30, 2006 hanging, in the US military Camp Victory which incorporates Baghdad's International Airport and former palaces belonging to Saddam Hussein. The US Army will hand over the sprawling military camp to the Iraqi government upon their departure in this coming December.

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A U.S. Army soldier stands in the walled excercise grounds used by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

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The detention facility that once held Saddam Hussein and his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid nicknamed "Chemical Ali" for using mustard gas and nerve agents against Kurds is seen from the air at the Camp Victory Complex that is set to close in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. The U.S. has promised to withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year as required by a 2008 security agreement between Washington and Baghdad. Some 39,000 U.S. troops are scheduled to clear out along with their equipment.

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The U.S. military is vacating Saddam Hussein's ornate palaces at its war headquarters in Baghdad and will turn the property over to Iraq next month, but Saddam's prison toilet is leaving with the Americans.

The stainless steel commode and a reinforced steel door have been removed from the cell where the dictator spent two years before his 2006 execution and is destined for a military police museum in the United States.

"We're not taking anything that the Iraqis had. We are only taking stuff that we put in, we utilized, and when we didn't need it any more, we took it home," Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Brooks, a U.S. military historian, said on a tour of the site on Monday.

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