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Searching for the Koran written in Saddam Hussein's blood

21 December, 2010 - 14:53 GMT
Saddam Hussein (photo: 1998)

Over the course of two years in the late 1990s, Saddam Hussein sat regularly with a nurse and an Islamic calligrapher; the former drawing 27 litres of his blood and the latter using it as ink to transcribe a copy of the Koran.

Since the fall of Baghdad, the so-called 'Blood Koran' has stayed locked away, out of sight.

Martin Chulov of The Guardian newspaper has been in search of it.

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First broadcast 21 December 2010