Iraqi special forces badass?!?
as part of my job as a TV journalist I interviewed an Iraqi Kurd living in Slovakia (about the manner in which Saddam Hussein was executed) and he made some claims about him being a member of an elite Iraqi special forces unit. It's supposedly called "Farkha al Kital" or something like that, which should mean "Assassins". Couldn't Google it up though. Right now I have no idea if he's honest, telling half-truths or full of BS and fantasizing.
Any of you military guys has some knowledge about Iraqi special forces under Saddam?
I'm still in contact with this guy and I'll try to get some more details that could be proven/disproven later, but I thought maybe some of you could help me out with info/experience - with Iraqi special forces in general or with people who used to serve there but went to live abroad after the US-led invasion.
This guy made several claims, which I'm trying to check:
- to have served 2,5 years as body guard for Qusai Hussein.
- He said he has a number burnt onto his back, like all his buddies from this unit, though up to this point I did not undress him to see.
- He has this strange scar on his right ear, saying that it was one of the first things he had to suffer when his army training started when he volunteered as a 12 yrs old boy - they cut through the cartilidge of the ear with pliers.
- was trained to "efficiently use 10 weapons + knifes" and "to kill a person within a minute" (with bare hands).
- allegedly took part in Iraqi covert operations including poisoning opposition Kurds in Europe with sleeping drugs and flying them back to Iraq under false death certificates
- has had at least 2 plastic surgeries made on his face but still "they'd kill me the moment I'd step into Iraq"
That's all that comes to my mind right now, thanks for the input and I'll post more details as I'll get the from him...