Skip to comments.Saddam Regime Document: Saddam Ordered The Use of Chemical Weapons in Northern Iraq (Translation)
Posted on 03/23/2006 11:38:46 AM PST by jveritas
Document CMPC 2004-002219 has many letters that discuss the order of Saddam Hussein to use Chemical Weapons in Northern Iraq against who they call agents of Iran, and they are mainly Kurds followers of Massoud Al Barazani, Saddam regime call them The Destroyers, but of course many civilian died in these Chemical attacks because Chemical weapons deadly effects spread much larger than the area where it hit. Page 1 is a letter dated April/8/1987 talks about the final decision to hit the Kurds with Special Ammunition (Chemical Weapons). Then page 4 and 5 are from a letter dated a week earlier March /31/1987 were the Saddam Intelligence are discussing the way to conduct the strike with Chemical Weapons and in this letter they were very clear about the meaning of Special Ammunition where they identified it as MUSTARD AGENT where it is called in letter as AAMEL AL KHARDAL where AAMEL =AGENT (chemical agent that is), and AL KHARDAL = MUSTARD, and this letter mentions another chemical agent called in Arabic as AAMEL AL ZAYEN i.e. AL ZAYEN AGENT, I need to find out what is the meaning of AL ZAYEN may be it is nerve agent or blistering agent, it an Arabic chemical word that I need to find out what it means..
Translation of Page 1
In the Name of God the Most Merciful the Most Compassionate
The Directory Of General Military Intelligence
The First Cooperative- Section 3
Mr. The Assistant
Subject: The Deployment of The Special Ammunition
1. Upon the suggestion of our Directory we obtained the approval of the Presidency of the Republic-Secretary to conduct a strike with the Special Ammunition to the headquarters to Iran agents in the basin (Takiyeh, Blakajar) that belongs to the side of Kerah Dagh and the basin (Blisan) on the main road Jwarkonah-Gleifan and not to conduct the strike until after the informing of the Presidency of the Republic-Secretary on how to invest it.
2. Based on the order of the Presidency above it is relayed in a letter to the Army Chief of Staff (1st Corp and 5th Corp and copy to us) the following:
A. Conduct operations to strike the agents of Iran and the Khomeini Guards in the indicated places in paragraph 1 above with the Special Ammunition.
B. The 1st Corp do the preparation of a plan to invest the strike in the basin (Takiyeh, Blakajar) and present it in front of Mr. The Chief of the Army Staff during the visit of his lordship to the headquarters of the Corp on April 9th.
C. The leadership of the 1st and 5th Corp prepare the common plan to strike the headquarters of agent of Iran in the basin (Balisan) and send it to the Chairmanship of the Army Staff to decide on it.
D. The Special Ammunition team will be sent to the 1st Corp on the day of 7 April 87 to present the advisory.
3. We will follow the actions.
Conductor of the Third Section
6 April 87.
End of Translation of Page 1
The Special Ammunition are Chemical weapons as other top secret (Top confidential) letter in this document clearly states that. This letter was written on March 31 1987 and it discusses the study to conduct the strike with Chemical weapons. Here is a partial translation of the letter, pages 3 and 4 of the document, paragraphs 1 and 5, that proves that.
Partial translation of the letter on March 31 1987 (from page 3 pargraph 1 and page 4, paragraph 5).
Translation of Page 3 paragraph 1
Directory of the General Military Intelligence
Top secret and Confidential
To: The Chief of Army Staff
Subject: The Deployment of The Special Ammunition
1. Mr. President the Leader (God protect him) had ordered our Directory to study with the specialists to conduct a sudden strike (to the bases of Khomeini Guards within the headquarters of the destroyers in the 1st branch of Barazani Gang) with the Special Ammunition and the possibility of executing it in any of the following means (Air force- Army aviation- Artillery).
Translation of page 4 Paragraph 5
5. Our Directory suggested to conduct the strike to the to two targets indicated above in (3) during this period and use two third of the available in the Special Ammunition (The AL Zayen Agent) and in addition to one third of the available in the Special Ammunition (The Mustard Agent) and preserve the remaining for the emergency situations in the sectors of operations.
6. The letter of the Presidency of The Republic-Secretary top secret and confidential and immediate 953/965/K on 29 March 87 that includes the following: (the approval to conduct the strike was obtained and to invest the result so that the intention is not only to hurt the destroyers to take what is necessary and with the coordination of the designated Corp and inform us before the start of the strike)
Please review and your order to execute what came in the letter of the Presidency of the Republic-Secretary above and let us know. Yours With regards
Director of the General Military Intelligence
"As your lead to investigate these documents, they get archived at FR. So I only see your work as being worthwhile. .... Hardly an easy task, and surely time consuming. So once again, thank you."
Dittos on this. This is valuable and important information to share, to tell the whole story. Thanks for your efforts.
Each piece of information adds to the truth.
Good catch on page nine. Perhaps we shall see it in english some time soon.
It may be old news, but this is proof that Saddam personally ordered it.
I know you're probably tired of hearing this, but thank you so much for this work.
"I think it was in a more recent translation of another doc. If this confirms "Special Amunition" = WMD then this could be something."
I just finished reading Georges Sada's book "Saddam's Secrets. In that book he referred to Special Amunition as Mustard gas and I believe Sarin.
He did specifically write that "Special Amunition" equalled WMD.
You welcome :)
That is the key word "Special Ammunition" that I will be looking for in each document I read.
Any time :)
It is evident that the regime attached a special significance to the new campaign right from the beginning. An Iraqi Defense Ministry order, for example, signed on February 23, passes on a Revolutionary Command Council decree that those who fall in the coming fight against the "saboteurs" and the attendant campaign of village "purification" are to be venerated as "Martyrs of the Glorious Battle of Saddam's Qadissiyah"--that is to say, the war against Iran.7
"Special ammunition" doesn't sound exactly like lollipops.
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18:02 , 24 Mar 2006]
Saddam Hussein ordered plans to be drawn up for a chemical weapons attack on Kurdish guerrilla bases in northern Iraq in 1987, according to a letter signed by his personal secretary.
The letter was among a series of memos between Saddam's office, military intelligence and the army found by United States troops in Iraq; they do not say if the attack was carried out.
The planned attack appears to have been part of the 1987-88 campaign that left more than 180,000 Kurds dead and demolished hundreds of Kurdish villages in northern Iraq. In the most notorious incident, the town of Halabja was bombed with mustard and nerve gas in 1988, killing 5,000 residents.
In the papers released by the US, a report from Iraq's military intelligence details the bases of Kurdish rebels, led by Ibrahim Barzani, and Iranian troops.
Saddam's secretary replies, saying, "The leader Mr President has ordered that your department study with experts a surprise attack with special ammunition in the areas of Barzani's gangs and the [former Iranian leader Ayatollah] Khomeini Guards."
"Special ammunition" is the phrase used throughout Saddam's regime for chemical weapons. Later documents mention specifically the nerve agent sarin and mustard gas.
The US military says the government "has made no determination regarding the authenticity of the documents, validity or factual accuracy of the information contained therein".
Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Kurdistan Regional Government.
Very interested in any documents relating Iraqi intelligence to the US 2001 anthrax attacks.
Excellent work so far.
I am looking my fellow freeper and I will post the translation when I find such a document.
Rumor has it Iraq was able to acquire bentonite, in spite of news stories to the contrary. Also critical would be data related to small orifice spray drying technology.
Thanks for the fine work to date, whether further inroads are made into Iraqi CBW research or not.
BTW - In another thread, cannot find it now, you mentioned that Iran did not have Chemical Weapons in the Iran/Iraq war. I distinctly remember reading newspaper articles back then describing their use. Here is a link that also says they used them.
Keep up the awesome work. Iran just announced that they will have a nuclear weapon within a year.