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Available soon: nine palaces in lakeside complex frequented by visiting kings and dictators, beautiful molded ceilings and light fixtures, many bidets, Saddam Hussein mural and former prison cell. As is, with Tomahawk missile damage. Contact: U.S. Army.
It will leave behind probably some of the most elaborate, some would say tacky, office spaces ever used by American soldiers, sailors or Marines.
"It has gorgeous ceilings and chandeliers, but we use it like a regular office building albeit with a lot more marble," Melnyk said.
The troops do not mind climbing three floors just to use the massive bathroom — 12 sinks in one room alone. The bidets are used to store toilet paper.
The U.S. military has made many improvements to the palaces it has occupied — smoke detectors, new wiring, upgraded plumbing. Interiors have become cubicled office space and machines clean the floors at Al Faw.
The security agreement governing the withdrawal, however, does not require the U.S. to fix any damage it has caused to these buildings.