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US troops discovered a large cache of light arms in a central Baghdad residence, including gold-plated rifles inscribed as gifts from President Saddam Hussein.
Greasy gold-plated Kalashnikov assault-rifles and sniper rifles carried the inscription: "A gift from the president of the republic, Mr Saddam Hussein."
Gift cases also read: "Made by the arms (parts) of the martyrs of the war of al-Kadisiya", or Saddam's reference to the 1980-1988 Iraq-Iran war named after one of Islam's victorious battles against the Persians in the eighth century.
The US officer said all the arms were brand new, but some dated back to the early 1980s. Some of the cases read: "Jordanian Armed Forces".