My Life as the Devil’s Double

Source: Newsweek

devils-double-c004-YahiaKarim Sahib / AFP-Getty Images (left); Courtesy of Karen YahiaLeft: Uday Hussein.; Right: Latif Yahia.

During the late 1980s, I was working as an officer in the Iraqi Army when my commanding general received a letter that demanded I report to a palace in Baghdad within 72 hours. When I went to the palace, I was brought to see Uday Hussein, Saddam’s older son. “I want you to be my fiday,” he said. In Arabic, fiday means body double or bullet catcher. I didn’t understand. “Do you want me to be your bodyguard?” I asked. “No,” he said. “Our intelligence service says we look like each other, and I want you to work as my double.”

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