Sensing Impending Doom
This story makes me think that someone must have tipped off Saddam Hussein with some very specific details about the American invasion of Iraq in 2003. In anticipation of the arrival of foreign military forces, Hussein ordered the Central Bank of Iraq to give nearly $1 billion to his son.
Coincidence or not, the US Armed forces began their invasion just two days later, on March 20th. Controversially, those forces never found the weapons of mass destruction that American leaders claimed Hussein harbored. They did not recover the money either. While Saddam Hussein eventually got his comeuppance, he still managed to pull off what might be the largest bank robbery in history while he still had the chance.