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'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra
Monday, April 7, 2003

Posted on 04/07/2003 12:17:00 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Edited on 04/07/2003 12:31:53 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

UPDATED AT 3:30 AM EST:

'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

.c The Associated Press

BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed ``Chemical Ali'' by opponents of the Iraqi regime for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds, has been found dead, a British officer said Monday.

Maj. Andrew Jackson of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment told The Associated Press that his superiors had confirmed the death of the man who is also President Saddam Hussein's first cousin.

Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.

Saddam had entrusted al-Majid with defense of southern Iraq against invading coalition forces.

One of the most brutal members of Saddam's inner circle, al-Majid, in his 50s, led a 1988 campaign against rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq in which whole villages were wiped out. An estimated 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, were killed.

He also has been linked to the bloody crackdown on Shiites in southern Iraq following a 1991 uprising following the Gulf War. He served as governor of Kuwait during Iraq's seven-month occupation of the emirate in 1990-1991.

Human rights groups had called for al-Majid's arrest on war crimes charges when he toured Arab capitals last January seeking to rally support against mounting U.S. pressure on Saddam's regime.

``Al-Majid is Saddam Hussein's hatchet man,'' Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch in New York, said at the time. ``He has been involved in some of Iraq's worst crimes, including genocide and crimes against humanity.''

Hazem al-Youssefi, Cairo representative of the opposition Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, described al-Majid as a standout in a regime of criminals.

Al-Majid was a warrant officer and motorcycle messenger in the army before Saddam's Baath party led a coup in 1968. He was promoted to general and served as defense minister from 1991-95, as well as a regional party leader.

In 1988, as the Iran-Iraq war was winding down, he commanded a scorched-earth campaign known as Anfal to wipe out a Kurdish rebellion in northern Iraq. Later, he boasted about the attacks, including the March 16, 1988, poison gas strike on the village of Halabja, where an estimated 5,000 people died.

During April 1991 peace talks in Baghdad, the Kurdish delegation leader, Jalal Talabani, told al-Majid that more than 200,000 Kurds lost their lives in the Anfal campaign. Al-Majid replied that the figure was exaggerated and the dead were not more than 100,000, according to reports published in the Arab press.

After Iraq's 1991 Shiite Muslim uprising was crushed, Iraqi opposition groups released a video they said had been smuggled out of southern Iraq. In the video, which was shown on several Arab TV networks, al-Majdi was seen executing captured rebels with pistol shots to the head and kicking others in the face as they sat on the ground.

He was no less brutal with his own family.

His nephew and Saddam's son-in-law, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel, was in charge for many years of Iraq's clandestine weapons programs before defecting in 1995 to Jordan with his brother, Saddam Kamel, who was married to Saddam's other daughter.

Both brothers were lured back to Iraq in February 1996 and killed on their uncle's orders, together with several other family members.

Syria and Lebanon ignored international calls to arrest al-Majid when he visited in January. He dropped scheduled stops in Jordan and Egypt - both U.S. allies - and Egypt refused to receive him and the Jordanian government denied a visit was ever planned.

Saddam's inner circle was made up of relatives or clansmen like al-Majid, upon whose loyalty he could count.


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Monday, April 7, 2003

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1 posted on 04/07/2003 12:17:00 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
On MSNBC, too.
2 posted on 04/07/2003 12:17:29 AM PDT by bcoffey (When Paula Zahn left FNC for CNN, the average IQ of both organizations soared)
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To: JohnHuang2
Nothing follows

Not for Chemical Ali

3 posted on 04/07/2003 12:17:39 AM PDT by ambrose
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To: JohnHuang2
Another one bites the dust!
4 posted on 04/07/2003 12:17:40 AM PDT by Travis McGee (--------------------------- WAR SOLVED HITLER! -------------------------)
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To: JohnHuang2
Saddam's comment:

The cuz that wuz

5 posted on 04/07/2003 12:18:57 AM PDT by CheneyChick (Lock & Load)
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To: ambrose
He has met his virgins!
6 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:03 AM PDT by ingodwetrust
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To: Travis McGee
YES!!

But, but, but...this just in from Baghdad Bob: That's a Hollywood imposter! ;)

7 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:05 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Justice done.
8 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:20 AM PDT by I still care (All evil needs to prosper is that good men do nothing)
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To: JohnHuang2
I heard he stopped smoking yesterday.
9 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:21 AM PDT by TenaciousZ
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To: ambrose
Not for Chemical Ali...

Now aka "Charcoal Ali"...

the infowarrior

10 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:35 AM PDT by infowarrior
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To: JohnHuang2
Somehow this doesn't break my heart. Wrap him in pig shit and leave him in the ton square.
11 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:37 AM PDT by RLK
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To: I still care
SWEET
12 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:53 AM PDT by mware
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To: JohnHuang2
Somehow this doesn't break my heart. Wrap him in pig shit and leave him in the town square.
13 posted on 04/07/2003 12:19:59 AM PDT by RLK
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GIVE HIS CORPSE TO THE KURDS!
14 posted on 04/07/2003 12:21:08 AM PDT by stlnative (Were it not for the brave…there'd be no land of the free.)
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To: JohnHuang2
WOOHOO!


15 posted on 04/07/2003 12:21:50 AM PDT by gbunch (God bless our President and our troops.)
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To: RLK
F- in' A!

I'm with you dude. We should have warned the sand maggots that all our forces had coated their bullets in pigs blood.

Scare the piss out of the medieval barbarians...

16 posted on 04/07/2003 12:22:12 AM PDT by Im Your Huckleberry
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To: brigette
Too bad we didn't take him alive ... then give him to the Kurds!
17 posted on 04/07/2003 12:22:34 AM PDT by capitan_refugio
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To: JohnHuang2
What kind of goofball commanding General stays AT HIS HOUSE in the battle area when the opponent has uncontested control of the sky and knows where his house is?

Chemical Ali was a dumb man. Very dumb.
18 posted on 04/07/2003 12:22:34 AM PDT by Arkinsaw
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To: JohnHuang2
Now he's Fertilizer Ali.
19 posted on 04/07/2003 12:23:26 AM PDT by MattAMiller
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To: TenaciousZ
>>>I heard he stopped smoking yesterday. <<<


LOL!

I can't believe I'm laughing at that.
20 posted on 04/07/2003 12:23:29 AM PDT by Gummi Bear
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To: Arkinsaw
Confirmed by four different news services.

He's toast!

21 posted on 04/07/2003 12:23:32 AM PDT by Im Your Huckleberry
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To: JohnHuang2
"Nothing follows"

Except a DOZEN duplicate posts, ROFL! That is the most I have ever seen - you have the fingers of a wizard, JH2!

22 posted on 04/07/2003 12:23:35 AM PDT by cgk (the Mrs half)
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To: Im Your Huckleberry
Killed the head of the intelligence services too! Body was found with Ali!
23 posted on 04/07/2003 12:24:01 AM PDT by Im Your Huckleberry
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To: JohnHuang2
Ali, I say this as a gentle, mild-mannered, Christian: Roast in Hell, you thug!
24 posted on 04/07/2003 12:24:08 AM PDT by My2Cents
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To: JohnHuang2
Boom! Boom!
Out go the lights!
27 posted on 04/07/2003 12:24:59 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Because there are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: My2Cents
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body, but then can do no more. Be afraid of Him who can destroy both soul and body in Hell.
28 posted on 04/07/2003 12:25:14 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: JohnHuang2
And bringing up the Rear: Last to report Chem. Ali death --CNN.

While they go on droning about the doubtful situation, in the north.
29 posted on 04/07/2003 12:25:43 AM PDT by truth_seeker
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To: bcoffey; All
'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

.c The Associated Press

BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed ``Chemical Ali'' by opponents of the Iraqi regime for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds, has been found dead, a British officer said Monday.

Maj. Andrew Jackson of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment told The Associated Press that his superiors had confirmed the death of the man who is also President Saddam Hussein's first cousin.

Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.

Saddam had entrusted al-Majid with defense of southern Iraq against invading coalition forces.

One of the most brutal members of Saddam's inner circle, al-Majid, in his 50s, led a 1988 campaign against rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq in which whole villages were wiped out. An estimated 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, were killed.

30 posted on 04/07/2003 12:26:06 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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"Most illingest c-boy Well I got that feeling
I am most ill and I'm rhymin' and stealin'

Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves
Chemical Ali and the Forty Thieves..."
31 posted on 04/07/2003 12:26:42 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: JohnHuang2
I thought it was believed that this guy bought the farm in the first couple of days of the war? I seem to recall news reports to that effect.
32 posted on 04/07/2003 12:27:18 AM PDT by Sapper26
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To: JohnHuang2
Died in a bombing?
33 posted on 04/07/2003 12:27:19 AM PDT by drlevy88
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To: Im Your Huckleberry; RLK
We should have warned the sand maggots that all our forces had coated their bullets in pigs blood.

IIRC, US General Pershing did just that on Mindanao, only it was pig fat. Then he had the bodies wrapped in pigskins and buried.

34 posted on 04/07/2003 12:28:12 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (Because there are people in power who are truly evil.)
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To: drlevy88
Details posted at #30
35 posted on 04/07/2003 12:28:23 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: Diddle E. Squat
To quote Strela on another thread:

THEY TOOK THE BAR! THE WHOLE. F---ING. BAR!!!


36 posted on 04/07/2003 12:28:51 AM PDT by Timesink (When was the last time YOU remembered we're on Code Orange?)
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To: JohnHuang2
Just saw a brief report on AP and AOL's AP. Nothing following yet.

Well, well! The day of reckoning has come for the evil-doers.
Sorry, no virgins for Ali. Nope.

37 posted on 04/07/2003 12:29:13 AM PDT by Ymani Cricket
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To: Diddle E. Squat
One more Demon in HELL !!!!!!!!!!!!
38 posted on 04/07/2003 12:29:24 AM PDT by noutopia
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To: JohnHuang2
An estimated 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, were killed.

As usual
the high school graduate
who wrote the article
neglected to mention that Assyrians and Turkmen also were killed.

39 posted on 04/07/2003 12:30:17 AM PDT by Allan
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To: drlevy88; All
'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

.c The Associated Press

BASRA, Iraq (AP) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed ``Chemical Ali'' by opponents of the Iraqi regime for ordering a poison gas attack that killed thousands of Kurds, has been found dead, a British officer said Monday.

Maj. Andrew Jackson of the 3rd Battalion Parachute Regiment told The Associated Press that his superiors had confirmed the death of the man who is also President Saddam Hussein's first cousin.

Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.

Saddam had entrusted al-Majid with defense of southern Iraq against invading coalition forces.

One of the most brutal members of Saddam's inner circle, al-Majid, in his 50s, led a 1988 campaign against rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq in which whole villages were wiped out. An estimated 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, were killed.

He also has been linked to the bloody crackdown on Shiites in southern Iraq following a 1991 uprising following the Gulf War. He served as governor of Kuwait during Iraq's seven-month occupation of the emirate in 1990-1991.

Human rights groups had called for al-Majid's arrest on war crimes charges when he toured Arab capitals last January seeking to rally support against mounting U.S. pressure on Saddam's regime.

``Al-Majid is Saddam Hussein's hatchet man,'' Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch in New York, said at the time. ``He has been involved in some of Iraq's worst crimes, including genocide and crimes against humanity.''

Hazem al-Youssefi, Cairo representative of the opposition Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, described al-Majid as a standout in a regime of criminals.

Al-Majid was a warrant officer and motorcycle messenger in the army before Saddam's Baath party led a coup in 1968. He was promoted to general and served as defense minister from 1991-95, as well as a regional party leader.

In 1988, as the Iran-Iraq war was winding down, he commanded a scorched-earth campaign known as Anfal to wipe out a Kurdish rebellion in northern Iraq. Later, he boasted about the attacks, including the March 16, 1988, poison gas strike on the village of Halabja, where an estimated 5,000 people died.

During April 1991 peace talks in Baghdad, the Kurdish delegation leader, Jalal Talabani, told al-Majid that more than 200,000 Kurds lost their lives in the Anfal campaign. Al-Majid replied that the figure was exaggerated and the dead were not more than 100,000, according to reports published in the Arab press.

After Iraq's 1991 Shiite Muslim uprising was crushed, Iraqi opposition groups released a video they said had been smuggled out of southern Iraq. In the video, which was shown on several Arab TV networks, al-Majdi was seen executing captured rebels with pistol shots to the head and kicking others in the face as they sat on the ground.

He was no less brutal with his own family.

His nephew and Saddam's son-in-law, Lt. Gen. Hussein Kamel, was in charge for many years of Iraq's clandestine weapons programs before defecting in 1995 to Jordan with his brother, Saddam Kamel, who was married to Saddam's other daughter.

Both brothers were lured back to Iraq in February 1996 and killed on their uncle's orders, together with several other family members.

Syria and Lebanon ignored international calls to arrest al-Majid when he visited in January. He dropped scheduled stops in Jordan and Egypt - both U.S. allies - and Egypt refused to receive him and the Jordanian government denied a visit was ever planned.

Saddam's inner circle was made up of relatives or clansmen like al-Majid, upon whose loyalty he could count.

40 posted on 04/07/2003 12:30:26 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
"One of the most brutal members of Saddam's inner circle, al-Majid, in his 50s, led a 1988 campaign against rebellious Kurds in northern Iraq in which whole villages were wiped out. An estimated 100,000 Kurds, mostly civilians, were killed. "

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I bet the Kurds are really celebrating!
41 posted on 04/07/2003 12:30:50 AM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: JohnHuang2
Next Confirmation?
42 posted on 04/07/2003 12:31:56 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Anti America Americans are outing themselves as their side loses in Iraq!)
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To: truth_seeker
And bringing up the Rear: Last to report Chem. Ali death --CNN.

CNN has consistently come in dead last on almost everything throughout this war. Fox is no longer just the leading cable news channel, but is instead THE LEADING CABLE CHANNEL. More than MTV, or ESPN, or TNT, or anything else. Meanwhile, in adjusted terms, CNN's ratings are the same they were in 1980.

43 posted on 04/07/2003 12:32:30 AM PDT by Timesink (When was the last time YOU remembered we're on Code Orange?)
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To: ingodwetrust
There ARE NO Virgins left...US Marines have died ahead of him!!!
44 posted on 04/07/2003 12:32:37 AM PDT by Wondervixen (Ask for her by name--Accept no substitutes!)
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To: FairOpinion
I bet the Kurds are really celebrating!

You bet, my friend

45 posted on 04/07/2003 12:32:46 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: truth_seeker
And bringing up the Rear: Last to report Chem. Ali death --CNN. While they go on droning about the doubtful situation, in the north.

Has CNN gotten around to suggesting that the US may actually win this war or are they still al jazeering about the quagmire?

46 posted on 04/07/2003 12:32:52 AM PDT by dead
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To: JohnHuang2
No tears here, except for the thousands this demoniac massacred. God deal with him now. We did our part.
47 posted on 04/07/2003 12:33:04 AM PDT by Scothia (If you pray for rain, prepare to deal with some mud.)
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To: Carry_Okie
What's "IIRC"?

We need another Pershing today, when we're engaged in a world war with 7th century medieval barbarians that worship a violent moon-god and his magic rock, in a religion that is nothing more than a murder/death cult.

48 posted on 04/07/2003 12:33:13 AM PDT by Im Your Huckleberry
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