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MASS GRAVE UNCOVERED [15,000 Iraqi's]
Sky News ^ | 5/13/03

Posted on 05/13/2003 11:37:29 AM PDT by Ranger

Up to 15,000 bodies found
  Up to 15,000 bodies found

MASS GRAVE UNCOVERED

The remains of 15,000 people killed by the regime of Saddam Hussein have been found in mass graves in central Iraq.

 

The graves were discovered last week in the central city of Hilla, site of ancient Babylon, the Iraqi National Congress (INC) said.

The bodies are thought to date back to the Shiite uprising that followed the US withdrawal from Iraq in 1991.

"In the last week, four sites have been discovered in Al-Hilla city alone, with approximately 15,000 bodies," said Entifadh Qanbar, a spokesman of the INC.

'Collecting bones'

"Citizens are excavating with great sadness and no assistance, collecting bones.

"Mothers and fathers are trying to identify their children with ID cards and scraps of clothes that they were last seen in," he said.

Iraqis uncover skull in Hilla
Iraqis uncover skull in Hilla


 

He appealed to the US-led coalition's Office for Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance, and other organisations to help the Iraqi people account for hundreds of thousands still missing.

A US army official in Hilla could not confirm the find in the graves, situated around 60 miles south of Baghdad.

Torture

But a spokesman from the Iraqi National Congress said that over a million people were killed during Saddam's reign.

He also said that there was evidence of torture and murder among the 15,000 bodies found in Hilla.

US marines at the site said the bones included those of children aged around 10-12.

The International Committee of the Red Cross announced at the end of April that it had contacted coalition forces and a number of aid agencies to try to check numerous reports about mass graves in Iraq.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: atrocities; babylon; hilla; iraq; iraqifreedom; massgraves; saddamhussein

1 posted on 05/13/2003 11:37:30 AM PDT by Ranger
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To: Ranger
All the worry about WMD and all we keep turning up are bodies. Guess the war wasn't justified afterall.
2 posted on 05/13/2003 11:39:32 AM PDT by Ranger
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To: Ranger
Lets see the Liberals ignore this one.
3 posted on 05/13/2003 11:39:40 AM PDT by VaBthang4 (Could someone show me one [1] Loserdopian elected to the federal government?)
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To: Ranger
Never mind the 15,000 bodies. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?

/sarcasm
4 posted on 05/13/2003 11:39:53 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Ranger
"Citizens are excavating with great sadness and no assistance, collecting bones. "Mothers and fathers are trying to identify their children with ID cards and scraps of clothes that they were last seen in," he said.

That's just sad. It sounds like a good job for the weasly nations to do, helping these people, you know if they really want to help!

5 posted on 05/13/2003 11:42:43 AM PDT by eyespysomething (Breaking down the stereotypes of soccer moms everyday!)
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To: Ranger
The graves were discovered last week ...

Sky News: "But we just got our typewriters yesterday..."

6 posted on 05/13/2003 11:42:45 AM PDT by LurkedLongEnough (It's all political.)
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To: Ranger
Garofoolo always said that the reason she didn't protest against Clinton's Kosovo action, was because that was about genocide and therefore justified.How many mass graves have to be unearthed for the word "genocide" to be used in connection with Iraq? I'm sure Hollywood and the left has a number-it's probably one more than whatever the total is-in any Bush war.
7 posted on 05/13/2003 11:43:59 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: Ranger
I hope these were intentional deaths and not accidental ones. I'd hate to see charges filed against Saddam for Peace Crimes. That would be deeply saddening.
8 posted on 05/13/2003 11:45:06 AM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Smokers are people too, most are good people. But Will Rogers never met me.)
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To: Larry Lucido
Never mind the 15,000 bodies. Where are the weapons of mass destruction?

A series quagmire for sure.

10 posted on 05/13/2003 11:47:33 AM PDT by ASA Vet ("Those who know, don't talk. Those who talk, don't know." (I'm in the 2nd group.))
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To: Ranger
I am somewhat ashamed that we abandoned these people in '91. I understand the political issues involved but look at the cost of obsequesence to the UN.
11 posted on 05/13/2003 11:47:33 AM PDT by AdA$tra (Tagline maintenance in progress......)
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To: Ranger
The 'Rats attitude: "Who cares? They are already dead. What about WMD's?"
12 posted on 05/13/2003 11:47:49 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
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To: AdA$tra
I think you nailed it.
13 posted on 05/13/2003 11:52:02 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Ranger
Probably put there by GWB...
14 posted on 05/13/2003 11:58:18 AM PDT by bruin66
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To: AdA$tra


Amen
15 posted on 05/13/2003 12:00:20 PM PDT by SouthernFreebird
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To: Ranger
These idiots (...and these idiots, and these idiots, etc.) ought to be forced to see these graves first-hand!
16 posted on 05/13/2003 12:03:05 PM PDT by occam's chainsaw (this space for rent.)
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To: Ranger
Yeah. If I read one more article about us not finding WMD's I am going to scream.
17 posted on 05/13/2003 12:04:58 PM PDT by ImpotentRage
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To: VaBthang4
Lets see the Liberals ignore this one.

If the libs could ignore the 10 million killed by Stalin ignoring 15k is child's play.

18 posted on 05/13/2003 12:12:09 PM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: skeeter
"If the libs could ignore the 10 million killed by Stalin ignoring 15k is child's play. "

Really - In a very liberal part of the wacky city of Seattle close enough to me to boycot, (the entire city) they actually have a statue of Stalin. They like the guy enough to put a statue up.
19 posted on 05/13/2003 12:16:42 PM PDT by ezoeni
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To: Ranger
Containment was working....

< \sarcasm >

20 posted on 05/13/2003 12:31:28 PM PDT by SW6906
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Meanwhile, the Iraqi people are not getting this news.
When nearly 300 Iraqi exiles, tribal leaders and other would-be politicos met Monday with U.S. officials to plan the nation's future, Iraqis watching television saw a different picture -- street protesters yelling at the delegates, angrily criticizing the Americans and demanding justice for a wide range of grievances.

The images arrived courtesy of Al-Alam television, a 24-hour news channel operated by Iran's state TV and radio network.

The broadcasts are a prime example of how Americans, who won the war against Saddam Hussein so decisively, are so far losing the public relations battle to Iran.

Day after day, Al-Alam gives Iraqi viewers its spin on the country's tumultuous political transition, emphasizing the role of fundamentalist Shiite Islam while portraying the fledgling U.S. administration in the country as a disaster for common Iraqis.


21 posted on 05/13/2003 12:32:57 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: Ranger
Heck. If we had just waited until the UN was through. We wouldn't have had anyone to liberate and all this fussing would be for naught. But where are the WussyMaleDemocraps?
22 posted on 05/13/2003 12:35:46 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Will Rogers never met me.)
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To: Ranger
Another 3000 and they might catch up with Fidel Castro's first year in "office".
23 posted on 05/13/2003 12:53:09 PM PDT by js1138
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To: Ranger
Anyone know what this brings the total tally to? Allegedly Saddam has ordered the deaths of over 1 million people over the past 12 years.
24 posted on 05/13/2003 12:58:48 PM PDT by Guyin4Os
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To: ezoeni
They like the guy enough to put a statue up.

Statues today. Tomorrow gulags.

25 posted on 05/13/2003 1:14:09 PM PDT by skeeter (Fac ut vivas)
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To: Admin Moderator
I think this thread should be "Breaking News"
26 posted on 05/13/2003 5:47:20 PM PDT by yonif
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To: VaBthang4

>>Lets see the Liberals ignore this one. <<

Easy.

They won't comment on it. After all, it was the Imperial motives of the U.S.A. that caused them to find these tortured soul's corpses, hence it was wrong and bad. At best they won't mention it at worst, they will say "You found mass graves of Iraqis, many of which who suffered under stifling US Sanctions."

You can't win with these people.


27 posted on 05/13/2003 5:56:45 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: Ranger
Well, after all, President Bush went to war on the pretense of finding WMD that Saddam claimed didn't exist, and also terrorist connections.....these deaths mean nothing, of course. Remember, Daschole said:

"I’m Saddened, Saddened That This President Failed So Miserably At Diplomacy That We’re Now Forced To War. Saddened That We Have To Give Up One Life Because This President Couldn’t Create The Kind Of Diplomatic Effort That Was So Critical For Our Country."

Funny, though, how Dashcole hasn't said how "saddened" he is over finding remains of hundreds of thousands in mass graves.

28 posted on 05/13/2003 6:10:01 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: skeeter
If the libs could ignore the 10 million killed by Stalin ignoring 15k is child's play.

Lenin's 5 million

PLUS

Stalin's 20 million.

29 posted on 05/13/2003 6:14:24 PM PDT by Rocko
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To: Big Steve; deport; blackie; nickcarraway; Maeve; Siobhan; Salvation; PhiKapMom
ping
30 posted on 05/13/2003 9:09:04 PM PDT by Lady In Blue (Bush,Cheney,Rumsfeld,Rice 2004)
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To: Ranger

Should put this pic next to a pic of Martin Sheen that says "Inspections Work."

31 posted on 05/14/2003 2:00:36 AM PDT by SkyPilot (CNN- the "Al Jazeera" of the West)
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To: Ranger; occam's chainsaw
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32 posted on 05/14/2003 7:14:43 PM PDT by Mia T (SCUM (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations))
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To: Ranger
BTTT!
33 posted on 05/14/2003 8:14:16 PM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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