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  • Saudi emir of Abdullah Azzam Brigades dies in custody

    01/05/2014 9:48:08 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 7 replies
    Long War Journal ^ | January 4, 2014 | By Bill Roggio
    According to reports, Majid bin Muhammad al Majid, a Saudi jihadist who leads the al Qaeda-associated Abdullah Azzam Brigades, has died in custody. From the Daily Star: Majid was receiving treatment at the military hospital in Badaro when he passed away, the source said, adding that his health had been in sharp deterioration. Military Prosecutor Judge tasked a coroner to carry out an autopsy on Majid's body. Lebanese authorities were waiting for the Saudi Embassy in Beirut to request the repatriation of Majid's body, the National News Agency said. If Riyadh fails to make such a request, the militant would...
  • Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders (15 years slammer)

    03/11/2009 6:50:43 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 37 replies · 2,864+ views
    BBC News ^ | 11 March 2009 | BBC
    Tariq Aziz guilty of Iraq murders Aziz surrendered to US troops in 2003 Tariq Aziz, for many years the public face of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, has been jailed for 15 years for his role in the execution of 42 merchants. Aziz had denied any role in the summary trials of the men accused in 1992 of profiteering during economic sanctions. Two of Saddam Hussein's half-brothers were also found guilty and sentenced to death by a court in Baghdad. Another top official, Ali Hassan al-Majid - commonly known as Chemical Ali - was jailed for 15 years. Two other Iraqi...
  • Iraqi court acquits former top aide to Saddam Hussein (But "Chemical Ali" Found Guilty)

    03/02/2009 12:27:40 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 3 replies · 498+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | 3-2-09 | Steven Lee Myers
    Iraq's special criminal court Monday acquitted Tariq Aziz, the man who once served as the urbane, cigar-smoking public face of Saddam Hussein's rule, delivering the most significant not-guilty verdict in a series of prosecutions for crimes against humanity that occurred before the U.S. invasion in 2003. Aziz, who will turn 73 next month, remained in custody, facing charges in two other cases. Only hours after his acquittal, he appeared before another judge to defend himself against charges that he was involved in a massacre of Kurds in 1983. Even so, the verdict - the first in a case against him...
  • 'Chemical Ali' is hospitalized after hunger strike

    04/21/2008 6:15:43 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 39 replies · 123+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 4-21-2008
    Saddam Hussein's cousin, whose execution has been delayed for months in a complex legal and political battle, has been hospitalized after going on a hunger strike, his lawyer said Monday. Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for the strikes he ordered against Kurds in the 1980s, and co-defendant Abdul-Ghani Abdul-Ghafour were admitted to a US medical facility on Sunday after they passed out, their defense attorney said. The US military confirmed that al-Majid was hospitalized on Sunday and said he is in stable condition. But it could not immediately confirm the information about Abdul-Ghafour or provide more details. Al-Majid...
  • Iraqi Judge: Execution Set for Chemical Ali (Ali's Necktie Party May Take Place at Any Moment!)

    10/15/2007 8:24:12 PM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 189 replies · 3,599+ views
    Fox ^ | Monday, October 15, 2007 | Fox News
    BAGHDAD — Ali Hassan Majeed, known as "Chemical Ali," is set to be executed on Tuesday for his role in the deaths of up to 180,000 Kurds, an Iraqi judge said Monday.Munir Hadad, a senior judge of the Supreme Criminal Court, said the execution could take place anytime after 5:00 a.m. local time.
  • Chemical Ali, Hashim, Tikriti to hang tomorrow – Saudi paper

    09/08/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT · by Lurker · 83 replies · 2,733+ views
    Baghdad-Voices of Iraq ^ | 8 Sept. 2007 | unknown
    Baghdad, Sept 7, (VOI) – Three of the six defendants in the Anfal case will be executed by hanging on Saturday, a Saudi newspaper quoted the lawyer of former Iraqi deputy premier Tareq Aziz as saying. "The Iraqi Criminal Court notified Ali Hassan al-Majid, alias Chemical Ali, former defense minister Sultan Hashim and former chief of staff Hussein Rashid al-Tikriti that they will be executed tomorrow," lawyer Badie Aref Ezzat told Saudi newspaper al-Watan, published on Friday. The lawyer said he was told by the three convicts that they only wanted to meet their families before the executions. Ezzat said...
  • Iraq Official: Saddam Moved WMD to Syria

    01/26/2006 11:56:46 AM PST · by French_for_Bush · 138 replies · 9,408+ views
    <p>The former number two official in Saddam Hussein's Iraqi air force claims the former Iraqi dictator moved weapons of mass destruction from Iraq to Syria in the months preceding the current Iraq war.</p>
  • 'Chemical Ali' among latest Saddam aides questioned

    06/19/2005 5:38:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 434+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/19/05 | Luke Baker - Reuters
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's feared cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," has appeared before Iraq's special tribunal as it steps up the process of questioning former regime loyalists over war crimes. Majid was one of eight aides to the former president to be questioned by investigators this week, officials said on Sunday, raising to at least 12 the number interrogated in the past 10 days. Majid last appeared before a judge in December. The new Iraqi government, facing fresh elections by the year's end, is keen to put Saddam and others on trial soon. But officials with...
  • Kuwait Draws Up Charges Against Saddam

    05/11/2005 3:49:33 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Associated Press via Newsday ^ | May 11, 2005 | Diana Elias
    KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti prosecutors have drawn up a list of charges against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his officials for alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's occupation of the Gulf nation, the prosecutor general said Wednesday. The list will be delivered to the Iraqi court that will try Saddam and other former regime members and the new charges will be added to the existing allegations, prosecutor general Hamed al-Othman said, according to the state-owned Kuwait News Agency. Saddam, who was captured in December 2003, already faces charges in Iraq that include killing rival politicians during his...
  • 'Chemical Ali' could be on trial next week

    02/25/2005 11:05:44 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 494+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/25/05
    BASRA, Iraq, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- More than 50 bullet holes in the wall of the empty swimming pool at "Chemical Ali's" house here indicate just how violent the former Saddam Hussein operative could be.Border police who have taken over the house don't go out to the pool much, said Col. Ali Hussein Jabar, commander of about 30 men working there. Bad things happened there, Jabar said. The relatively modest two-story house is built on an artificial hill surrounded by concrete. It looks out over flat, desolate desert sands inhabited only by sheep herders and oil pipeline guards for as...
  • Mass grave link to Chemical Ali

    02/05/2005 4:21:35 PM PST · by MadIvan · 45 replies · 1,402+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 6, 2005 | Adam Nathan
    A GRAVE holding 30 bodies has been found in the garden of an opulent villa where sadistic parties are said to have been hosted by the Iraqi general known as Chemical Ali, writes Adam Nathan.Police who found the grave say General Ali Hassan alMajid, a cousin of Saddam Hussein who got his nickname from the gas attacks he mounted on the Kurds of northern Iraq, used to entertain house guests with a “party game” that involved shooting prisoners tied to metal posts in the garden. Major Jasin Hamed Taleb, 43, a police intelligence officer, said local farmers had witnessed several...
  • The trial of 'Chemical Ali'

    12/19/2004 10:21:35 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 453+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2004 | Editorials/Op-Ed section
    On March 16, 1988, 5,000 residents of Halabja, a Kurdish city in eastern Iraq, were killed and 10,000 injured when Saddam Hussein's army attacked with chemical weapons -- perhaps the largest-scale use of such weapons against a civilian population in modern times. That morning, Iraqi Air Force planes bombed the city with a lethal chemical cocktail of mustard gas and sarin, tabun and VX nerve agents. Two days ago, the man accused of overseeing the attack, Gen. Ali Hasan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, appeared before a judicial tribunal in Baghdad. He is likely to go on trial next...
  • Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' to Be Tried First -- Minister

    12/15/2004 12:32:56 AM PST · by kattracks · 2 replies · 389+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/15/04 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites)'s closest aides and better known as "Chemical Ali," will be the first of Saddam's top deputies to be tried, Iraq (news - web sites)'s Defense Minister Hazim al-Shalaan said on Wednesday.   Shalaan, speaking to reporters, said the trial could start next week and would definitely take place by mid-January. "In the next few days we will have the trial of Ali Hassan al-Majid, one of the close followers of Saddam Hussein," Shalaan said, speaking through an interpreter. "He will be the first to be tried."...
  • Official: 'Chemical Ali' to Be Tried First: 'Chemical Ali' to Be First Saddam Aide to Face Trial...

    12/15/2004 12:25:41 PM PST · by demlosers · 350+ views
    abc news ^ | Dec 15, 2004
    Official: 'Chemical Ali' to Be Tried First: 'Chemical Ali' to Be First Saddam Aide to Face Trial Next Week, Government Official Says Associated Press BAGHDAD, Iraq Dec 15, 2004 — The ex-Iraqi general known as "Chemical Ali," who is accused of using chemical weapons attacks to kill thousands of Kurds, will be the first detained former Saddam Hussein regime figure to stand trial next week, a government official said Wednesday. Ali Hasan al-Majid is accused of ordering the 1988 Halabja chemical weapons attacks against Kurds, the 1990 invasion of Kuwait and suppressing a 1991 Shiite uprising in southern Iraq. He...
  • Saddam says: Good morning, I have some questions ("Chemical Ali" Scared, Shaking)

    06/30/2004 4:46:00 AM PDT · by kattracks · 219 replies · 791+ views
    Reuters ^ | 6/30/04 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD, June 30 (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein, who brutalised Iraqis for decades, said good morning and sought to ask some questions when the United States handed him over to Iraqi justice on Wednesday, a witness said. Saddam, who was captured hiding near his hometown of Tikrit in December, looked in good health as he appeared before an Iraqi judge in the first legal step towards a trial for the cruelties he inflicted during his 35 years of power. "Saddam said good morning and asked if he could ask some questions," Salem Chalabi, a lawyer leading the work of a tribunal...
  • Britain expected to hand over 'Chemical Ali' (to Iraq's new government)

    06/29/2004 9:48:53 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 4 replies · 144+ views
    Financial Times ^ | JUne 30, 2004 | Demetri Sevastopulo and Jean Eaglesham
    Britain is today expected to hand over its highest profile Iraq war detainee, Ali Hassan al-Majid, or "Chemical Ali", as Iraq's new government prepares to bring charges against former dictator Saddam Hussein. A special Iraqi tribunal has issued arrest warrants for Mr Hussein's top lieutenants, including Mr Majid, who is accused of ordering chemical weapons attacks on Iraqi Kurds, and Tariq Aziz, the former deputy prime minister. British officials said they had little choice other than to deliver physical and legal custody of Mr Majid to Iraqi authorities, in spite of the risk he could face execution. The interim Iraq...
  • Saddam Cousin 'Chemical Ali' Caught in Iraq

    08/21/2003 7:40:22 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 40 replies · 310+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Thu, Aug 21, 2003 | N/A
    Saddam Cousin 'Chemical Ali' Caught in Iraq TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, a feared cousin of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) nicknamed "Chemical Ali" for his use of poison gas in attacks, has been captured by U.S. forces in Iraq (news - web sites), the U.S. military said on Thursday. "We do have him and he was captured alive," U.S. Central Command spokesman Lt. Ryan Fitzgerald told Reuters. Fitzgerald said no details were available on the arrest, where it took place, or whether Majid was injured. Majid was No. 5 on a U.S. list of the 55...
  • U.S. renews bid to discern Saddam's fate

    06/06/2003 11:32:54 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 172+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, June 7, 2003 | By Rowan Scarborough
    <p>The United States has failed to substantiate assertions from Iraqis who say they saw Saddam Hussein alive after Baghdad fell, prompting the Bush administration to order excavation at the site of an allied bombing aimed at killing the ousted dictator.</p>
  • Saddam's Nephew Finds Sanctuary In Syria

    05/17/2003 5:28:46 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 430+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-18-2003 | Con Coughlin
    Saddam's nephew finds sanctuary in Syria By Con Coughlin in Baghdad (Filed: 18/05/2003) A leading member of Saddam Hussein's family has been discovered living in Damascus under the protection of the Syrian government after fleeing Iraq last week, The Telegraph can reveal. Fatiq al-Majid, one of Saddam's nephews, entered Syria last Monday after leaving Iraq at the al-Rabie'a checkpoint, which is under the control of American troops. Majid was given a Syrian visa and made his way to Damascus, where he is now living in exile. Majid confirmed his presence in Damascus when contacted by telephone by The Telegraph last...
  • 'Chemical Ali' Possibly Survived

    04/24/2003 6:24:11 AM PDT · by Stand Watch Listen · 2 replies · 163+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer | April 24, 2003 | Juan O. Tamayo
    The Hussein ally reportedly died in a raid in Basra. Hospital workers say he was in Baghdad days later.By Juan O. Tamayo, Knight Ridder News ServiceBAGHDAD - Hospital workers say they saw the infamous Saddam Hussein henchman known as "Chemical Ali" alive in Baghdad just before the city fell, contradicting British army reports that he had been killed in an air raid on a house in the southern city of Basra days earlier. The eyewitness reports that Ali Hassan al-Majid, who ordered poison-gas attacks on Kurdish villages in 1988 that killed 5,000 civilians, was at the Baghdad Nursing Hospital on...
  • U.S.forces capture Iraqi spymaster, warn self-installed Baghdad mayor (news on marsh Arabs and more)

    04/24/2003 3:04:59 AM PDT · by hotpotato · 8 replies · 395+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | April 24, 2003 | David Crary
    <p>American forces in Iraq have captured a former spymaster believed to know about Iraqi espionage in the United States. In Baghdad, U.S. officials warned the self-proclaimed "mayor" not to arm his followers and conferred Thursday with civic leaders on how to restore order.</p>
  • Strike team advances precision, pace of war With high-tech weaponry, group targeted leadership

    04/20/2003 4:51:08 AM PDT · by Ranger · 5 replies · 251+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | 4/20/03 | Tom Bowman
    WASHINGTON -- The final hours of Gen. Ali Hassan al-Majid, the dreaded cousin of Saddam Hussein known as "Chemical Ali," began when he was spotted by a British special operations soldier heading into his villa in Basra. His fate was sealed when that nugget of intelligence sped its way to a windowless building at Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia.
  • 'Chemical Ali' Found Dead in Basra

    04/07/2003 12:17:00 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 111 replies · 674+ views
    Monday, April 7, 2003
    <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Jackson said the body was found along with that of his bodyguard and the head of Iraqi intelligence services in Basra.</p>
  • Is Chemical Ali dead?

    04/05/2003 10:49:25 AM PST · by Dog Gone · 9 replies · 194+ views
    icWales ^ | Saturday, April 5, 2003
    The chemical weapons fiend leading Saddam Hussein's forces in southern Iraq may have been killed by an air and artillery strike, British commanders said yesterday.Saddam Hussein's cousin, Ali Hassan Al-Majid - dubbed "Chemical Ali" - was positively identified entering a building in Basra on Friday.And he was believed to be still inside when it was blitzed by precision air and artillery strikes soon after.Battle damage assessments were being examined together with intelligence reports in a bid to confirm the ruthless Saddam henchman is dead.A source at the British Army Field HQ said yesterday: "Our information is that a man was...
  • Iraq's southern troops led by man thought to be responsible for deaths of thousands ("Chemical Ali")

    03/29/2003 3:34:34 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 249+ views
    Knight Ridder Newspapers | March 29, 2003 | Diego Ibarguen
    WASHINGTON - One of Saddam Hussein's most feared and hated hatchet men oversees the forces that are defending the southern front in Iraq. Ali Hassan al Majid, a cousin of the Iraqi leader, earned his nickname, "Chemical Ali," by overseeing the fatal gassing of thousands of Iraqi Kurds. He may be behind the suicide attack on a U.S. Army checkpoint that killed five people Saturday and the recent shooting of civilians who were trying to flee Basra. "He has been involved in some of Iraq's worst crimes, including genocide and crimes against humanity," Kenneth Roth, the head of New...
  • Powell cites report that Iraq plans chemical attack

    03/24/2003 12:11:07 PM PST · by kattracks · 20 replies · 215+ views
    Reuters | 3/24/03
    Powell cites report that Iraq plans chemical attack WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell said on Monday the United States had heard reports that the Iraqi authorities planned to use chemical weapons against Iraqis in the south and blame it on the United States. "There are such reports. I have no doubt that he (Iraqi President Saddam Hussein) would do such a thing if he thought it served his interest," Powell told the Fox News network in an interview. "We are concerned about it. We will follow this matter carefully. We will also get everything...
  • Chemical arms use 'authorised'

    03/24/2003 12:02:13 PM PST · by concerned about politics · 1 replies · 306+ views
    thecouriermail (au) ^ | 25mar03 | From correspondents in Washington
    Chemical arms use 'authorised' IRAQI commanders have been authorised to use chemical weapons against Shiite Muslims in the south of the country and blame the attacks on US forces, a senior American official has claimed. The State Department official said reports led Washington to believe Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had given such authority to one of his top generals, Ali Hassan al-Majid, who is also known as Chemical Ali. He was blamed for the poison gas attack 15 years ago in the Kurdish town of Halabja. "We have reports that would indicate the Iraqis intend to or could use chemical...
  • IRAQ OFFICIALLY DECLARES WAR FOOTING & BREAKS INTO 4 MILITARY DISTRICTS

    03/15/2003 2:21:06 PM PST · by Steven W. · 120 replies · 309+ views
    Nic Robertson | CNN
    Iraq has split into 4 regions, Baghdad controlled by son Qusay, bragging they have been preparing for war since 1991