Saddam’s henchmen frequently imprisoned local Iraqis in the basement for up to 15 days The Mukhabarat would kill Iraqis and ship them back to Baghdad in Customs-exempt packages. “We had Saddam’s portrait painted on all the porcelain of each toilet,” one official joked.
The Mission of Iraq, which sits on a wealthy Upper East Side block near Central Park, has a dark secret: Its basement was used as a jail equipped for torture under Saddam Hussein’s regime, The Post has learned.
When he rose to power in 1979, the despot had the terrifying “detention room” installed inside the five-story building at 14 E. 79th St. — right across from billionaire former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s home, according to two Iraqi officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.
Saddam’s henchmen — known as Mukhabarat agents — frequently imprisoned local Iraqis in the basement for up to 15 days at a time, using…