In the course of the second Gulf war, foreign sources claimed that Israeli forces were operating on Iraqi territory and assisting the U.S. Army. The rumors have never been confirmed. However, two Iraqi-made guns purchased from the Israeli Defense Forces about nine years ago add to the mystery surrounding the story.
The current affair, exposed last Friday, April 6, by Ya'acov Shlesinger, the editor of the regional newspaper Uvda (or "Fact") published in northern Israel, began when Sh. K., a weapon collector, bought several hundred old guns from the Israel Defense Forces—booty taken in wars and battles. When opening one of the fancy cases, he was surprised to find two Iraqi-made Tariq handguns inscribed with a personal dedication from overthrown Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to his cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, who was, among other governmental and military posts he held, Saddam Hussein's Defense Minister.