Documentary: Israeli Intel Agency Tried To Kill Saddam Hussein With Book Bomb

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The tomb of Iraq's deceased dictator Saddam Hussein was damaged in clashes between militants from the Islamic State radical group and government soldiers in his hometown, according to local officials Tuesday. (credit: U.S. Army via Getty Images)

The tomb of Iraq’s deceased dictator Saddam Hussein was damaged in clashes between militants from the Islamic State radical group and government soldiers in his hometown, according to local officials Tuesday. (credit: U.S. Army via Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — A new documentary reveals that an Israeli intelligence agency tried to kill former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with an exploding book.

“Sealed Lips,” Israel’s Channel 1 TV documentary reports the Mossad tried to assassinate Hussein in the 1970s by hiding a bomb in a book.

According to The Times of Israel, Brigadier Gen. Tzuri Sagi used a demolitions expert named “Natan” to plant the bomb in the book. The book was delivered to Hussein, but he never opened it and it ended up killing a top-ranking Iraqi official.

Israel also reportedly tried to take out Hussein in 1992 and 1999.

Hussein was executed on Dec. 30, 2006 after being convicted on charges for the 1982 Shiite massacre that killed nearly 150 people. His death came more than three years after the United States invaded Iraq.

The documentary highlighted the career of Yitzhak Hofi, the agency’s former director.

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