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  • Arabism's racism against Kurds, Ba'athism, Saddam, gas, Halabja, Chemical Ali, etc.

    01/27/2010 5:12:08 PM PST · by Masti · 184+ views
    Arabism's racism against Kurds, Ba'athism, Saddam, gas, Halabja, Chemical Ali, etc. Halabja: The Racism of so-called Arab Intellectuals towards Kurds ...Mr. Al-Obaidi starting with wrong information on Halabja, which Halabja was not and is not a village. Halabja was and is a large Town. If not so, the Racist ...http://www.wadinet.de/news/iraq/newsarticle.php?id=569 KurdishMedia.com: News about Kurds and Kurdistan, 2 May 2009 ... The Arab League as a useless ideological racist Arabist institution ....http://www.kurdmedia.com/article.aspx?id=9285 Ali Hassan al-Majid, notorious for commanding the use of weapons of mass destruction against civilians in Kurdistan in 1988, has been sentenced to death again. This time the death...
  • 'Chemical Ali' buried to adulation in hometown

    01/27/2010 9:10:36 AM PST · by EBH · 10 replies · 500+ views
    Yahoo News (AFP) ^ | Jan 27, | Mahmud Saleh
    OUJA, Iraq (AFP) – Dozens of Iraqis gathered at the grave of "Chemical Ali" in northern Iraq on Wednesday to praise the cousin and notorious henchman of Saddam Hussein who was executed for gassing thousands of Kurds in 1988. "He was one of Ouja's most remarkable men," said Abu Shehab, a 45-year-old man who insisted that Ali Hassan al-Majid, better known by his macabre nickname, had been hanged to appease Iran and the United States. "The execution of Majid was done to satisfy the American and Iranian governments, but he will always be one of the icons of Iraq," Shehab...
  • Iraqi TV Shows Photos of Final Moments Before Hanging of "Chemical Ali" - Video 1/25/10

    01/25/2010 7:17:15 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 1,197+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 25, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video from Iraqi TV that show the final moments of "Chemical Ali" today before he was executed in Iraq by hanging. Two still photos are shown in the video of Saddam's cousin, who was his primary enforcer and henchman. it shows Ali's face in one still shot, and them shows "Chemical Ali" with a hood over his head and a noose around his neck just before his execution today. This video report gives a good review of his life, brutality and capture that led up to his execution today. . . . (VIDEO)
  • Iraq Executes 'Chemical Ali'

    01/25/2010 5:13:24 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies · 809+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-25-10 | The Wall Street Journal
    Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, who was hanged Monday, ordered the infamous poison gas attack on the northern Iraqi Kurdish village of Halabja in 1988 that killed 5,000 people and earned him the chilling moniker "Chemical Ali." Mr. Majid was executed a week after he received his fourth death sentence on Jan. 17, the final one for the Halabja attack. He bore a striking resemblance to Mr. Hussein and was one of the most brutal members of the dictator's inner circle. The general led sweeping military campaigns in the 1980s and 1990s that claimed tens of thousands of lives–wiping...
  • ‘Chemical’ Ali Executed in Iraq

    01/25/2010 10:17:43 AM PST · by Ben Mugged · 10 replies · 1,069+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 25, 2010 | NADA BAKRI
    A well-known face of the former government of Saddam Hussein widely known as Chemical Ali was executed Monday for ordering a gas attack on a Kurdish village in northern Iraq and for his role in other attacks that became notorious symbols of Mr. Hussein’s tenure. An Iraqi court had sentenced the man, Ali Hassan al-Majid, to death by hanging last week. He is known here as Chemical Ali because of the attack on the village of Halabja, in which more than 5,000 Kurds died. “I congratulate the Iraqi people for this sentence,” said a lawmaker, Safia Suhail. It was Mr....
  • Saddam Hussein's Cousin "Chemical Ali" Executed in Iraq Today - Video Report 1/25/10

    01/25/2010 9:21:20 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 8 replies · 469+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 25, 2010 | Brian
    Here is a video report on the execution of Iraq's notorious "Chemical Ali," the cousin of Saddam Hussein responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Kurds in 1988 that killed thousands of people. He was reportedly hanged to death in Iraq today. Below is part of a documentary that gives details about the crimes of "Chemical Ali" . . . . (VIDEOS)
  • 'Chemical Ali' executed, Iraqi government spokesman says

    01/25/2010 9:09:45 AM PST · by Second Amendment First · 32 replies · 876+ views
    CNN ^ | January 254, 2010
    Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majeed -- also known as Chemical Ali -- was executed Monday, an Iraqi government spokesman said. He was hanged after having been convicted on 13 counts of killings and genocide, Ali al-Dabagh said.
  • Iraqi government: Saddam cousin 'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

    01/25/2010 6:16:31 AM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 36 replies · 1,148+ views
    StarTribune.com ^ | 1/25/10 | AP
    BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was executed Monday, said Iraq's government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information.
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin, "Chemical Ali" gets another death sentence

    01/18/2010 3:03:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 325+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD — Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity and received a death sentence for his involvement in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of some victims in court cheered when the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid was handed down in a trial over one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already received previous death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam's rule, particularly in the government's suppression of the Kurds in the late 1980s. Other officials in Saddam's regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin 'Chemical Ali' sentenced to death for poison gas attack which killed 5,000

    01/17/2010 1:39:59 PM PST · by driftdiver · 31 replies · 818+ views
    Daily Mail online ^ | Jan 17, 2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" has been sentenced to death by hanging for his involvement in a poison gas attack on the city of Halabja. Families of some of the 5,000 Kurds killed in the 1988 attack cheered when the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid was handed down Sunday. Other officials in Saddam's regime, including former Defense Minister Sultan Hashim al-Taie, also received jail terms at the Iraqi High Tribunal. The brutal attack on Halabja close to the Iranian border 22 years ago killed mostly women and children through a series of mustard and nerve gas bombings by...
  • Iraq's 'Chemical Ali' gets 4th death sentence

    01/17/2010 11:17:28 AM PST · by ColdOne · 23 replies · 557+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Jan 17, 1:09 PM EST | SAMEER N. YACOUB
    BAGHDAD (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted and sentenced to death by hanging on Sunday for ordering the gassing of Kurds in 1988, killing more than 5,000 in an air raid thought to be the worst single attack of its kind on civilians. It was Ali Hassan al-Majid's fourth death sentence for crimes against humanity in Iraq. The previous three have not been carried out, in part because survivors of the poison gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja wanted to have their case against al-Majid heard. Relatives of Halabja victims cheered in the courtroom...
  • 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' sentenced

    12/07/2008 2:47:00 PM PST · by Masti · 17 replies · 695+ views
    iht ^ | Dec 2, 2008
    'Chemical Ali' sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam's who is known as Chemical Ali, was sentenced to death for a second time Tuesday for his part in crushing a Shiite uprising in 1991. Mohammed Oraibi al-Khalifa, a judge for the Iraqi High Tribunal, sentenced Majid and other senior figures from Saddam's government. Among them were Abdelghani Abdul Ghafor al-Ani, who headed Saddam's Baath Party in southern Iraq at the time of the uprising and who also received a death sentence Tuesday. The former defense minister, Sultan Hashim Ahmad al-Tai, received a 15-year prison sentence. Majid already faces a...
  • Iraqi Court Sentences Chemical Ali To Death

    12/02/2008 7:23:24 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 12 replies · 436+ views
    All Headline News ^ | December 2, 2008 | AHN Staff
    Baghdad, Iraq (AHN) - A special Iraqi court has sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid to death, who is known in Iraq as "Chemical Ali" for his role in the poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurdish villagers in Iraq's northern uplands in the late 1980s. The court found al-Majid, a cousin of the late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, guilty for the deaths and suppression of a Shiite uprising in 1991. This was the second death sentence for al-Majid, the first was for the death of thousands of Kurdish villagers in northern Iraq. Al-Majid, who is in his early 60s and...
  • '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...
  • Iraq PM wants two other Saddam-era officials executed with Chemical Ali (Saddam Hussein's cousin)

    03/07/2008 3:59:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 487+ views
    Mohave Daily News ^ | 3/06/08 | SAMEER N. YACOUB & ANNA JOHNSON
    Iraq PM wants two other Saddam-era officials executed with Chemical AliBy SAMEER N. YACOUB and ANNA JOHNSON/Associated Press Thursday, March 6, 2008 12:06 AM CST Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as 'Chemical Ali,' for his alleged use of chemical weapons against Iraqi Kurds, listens to prosecution evidence during the Operation Anfal trial, in Baghdad, Iraq, in this, Jan. 8, 2007, file photo. The Iraqi government is refusing to execute the Saddam Hussein henchman and cousin known as 'Chemical Ali' unless the executions of two other Saddam associates also are approved. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, Pool) BAGHDAD - The Iraqi...
  • Iraq approves 'Chemical Ali' hanging (Sorry no film at 11)

    02/29/2008 7:21:07 PM PST · by K-oneTexas · 21 replies · 161+ views
    Iraq approves 'Chemical Ali' hanging   Iraq’s presidency council has cleared the way for the long-delayed execution of Saddam Hussein’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, known as “Chemical Ali,” to be carried out…The execution of Majeed, once one of the most feared men in Iraq, and two others for the genocidal Anfal campaign against Iraq’s Kurds in the 1980s has been delayed for months by a legal wrangle over who has the authority to green light the hangings… No date has been set for the execution to be carried out, they said.   The council source said no decision had been made regarding...
  • 'Chemical Ali' execution approved in Iraq

    02/29/2008 2:23:55 AM PST · by Perdogg · 16 replies · 360+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 02 29 08 | By Sally Peck and agencies
    The long-delayed execution of "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's cousin and one of his most notorious henchmen, has been approved, an Iraqi government adviser said. Ali Hassan al-Majid known as Chemical Ali Chemical Ali - whose real name is Ali Hassan al-Majid - was one of three former Saddam officials sentenced to death in June after being convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for their part in the 1988 Anfal campaign that killed nearly 200,000 Kurds. An appeals court upheld the verdict in September.
  • Iraqi Sunnis Press to Delay Hangings

    10/18/2007 6:49:18 PM PDT · by Marine_Uncle · 5 replies · 93+ views
    Las Vegas SUN ^ | October 18, 2007 | KIM GAMEL and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA
    Iraq's leaders grappled Thursday over the death sentences for three former Saddam Hussein regime heavyweights - including the notorious enforcer known as "Chemical Ali" - amid warnings the hangings could enflame sectarian violence and derail efforts at reconciliation. But any serious delays in carrying out the executions also risk backlash from the victims of Saddam's attacks, including Kurds who faced a brutal crackdown in the 1980s that led to the death sentences. he bind grew more difficult as Sunni leaders pressed to delay the hangings, saying they could incite violence and cripple already fragile bids to improve ties between Iraq's...
  • 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...
  • Judge: 'Chemical Ali,' 2 others to be hanged

    09/04/2007 5:45:28 AM PDT · by Luke Skyfreeper · 45 replies · 2,343+ views
    CNN ^ | September 4, 2007 | CNN
    Three members of the former Iraqi regime under Saddam Hussein -- including the man known as "Chemical Ali" -- will be executed within 30 days, senior appellate Judge Munir Haddad said Tuesday. The appellate chamber upheld their sentences of death by hanging, which were imposed in June. The three defendants are Hussein's first cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majeed, nicknamed "Chemical Ali;" Sultan Hashem Ahmed, military commander of the Anfal campaign; and Hussein Rashid Mohammed, deputy general commander of the Iraqi armed force, assistant chief of staff for military operations, and former Republican Guard commander.
  • Sorrowful Tale at Trial of Hussein Aides Linked to 1991 Crackdown

    08/24/2007 7:30:12 AM PDT · by RDTF · 12 replies · 464+ views
    Ny Times ^ | August 24, 2007 | STEPHEN FARRELL
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 23 — One of Saddam Hussein’s most senior henchmen ordered two brothers to be thrown to their deaths from a helicopter after concrete blocks were tied to their feet, the men’s mother told a court in Baghdad on Thursday. The testimony came on the third day of the trial of Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali, on charges of crimes against humanity. The woman, Leila Khadem Nasser, 56, said that she learned the fate of her sons from her nephew, who had also been held by the government. The three men and Ms. Nasser’s brother were arrested...
  • Chemical Ali 'threw my sons from chopper'

    08/24/2007 3:41:52 AM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 717+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 24 August 2007
    A WITNESS overnight accused "Chemical Ali", Saddam Hussein's most notorious hatchet man, of killing her sons by throwing them out of a helicopter during the crushing of an Iraqi Shiite rebellion. Laila Kathum, testifying in the trial of 15 Saddam aides accused of crimes against humanity over the repression of the 1991 rebellion in southern Iraq, vented her fury against Ali Hassan al-Majid, widely known as "Chemical Ali". Speaking from behind a curtain, Ms Kathum accused Saddam's army of arresting her relatives and said Majid himself had killed her two sons. "The army detained my two sons, my brother and...
  • Iraq - Hussein Cousin Gets Death Sentence for Mass Killings (by John F. Burns)

    06/24/2007 3:48:52 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 240+ views
    The New York Times (excerpt) ^ | June 24, 2007 | John F. Burns
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD, June 24 — As the judge pronounced five death sentences on him on Sunday, the man Iraqis know as Chemical Ali seemed a shadow of the merciless enforcer who oversaw poison gas attacks that killed thousands of Kurdish villagers in Iraq’s northern uplands nearly 20 years ago. In his early 60s, severely weakened by diabetes, Ali Hassan al-Majid leaned heavily on a walking stick for the 18 minutes it took the judge to read guilty verdicts on counts of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Unlike his cousin Saddam Hussein, whose shouted defiance nearly drowned out...
  • 'Chemical Ali,' 2 Other of Saddam's Henchmen to Hang for Massacre of Kurds

    06/24/2007 10:59:20 AM PDT · by shield · 29 replies · 815+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 24th, 2007 | AP
    BAGHDAD — Saddam Hussein's cousin and two other former regime officials were convicted Sunday of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity and sentenced to hang for the brutal crackdown that killed up to 180,000 Kurdish civilians and guerrillas two decades ago. Two other defendants were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 1987-1988 crackdown, known as "Operation Anfal." A sixth defendant was acquitted for lack of evidence. Death sentences are automatically appealed. The most notorious defendant was Saddam's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for ordering the use of mustard gas and nerve agents...
  • Iraq - 'Chemical Ali' and two former Saddam officials sentenced to death by hanging

    06/24/2007 1:54:11 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 79 replies · 3,508+ views
    AFP via translation | June 24, 2007
    via translation - ALARM - Genocide Kurdish: death penalty by hanging for “Ali the chemical one” BAGHDAD - “Ali the Chemical one”, cousin of Saddam Hussein, was condemned Sunday to the death penalty by hanging by the High Iraqi penal court for the genocide having cost the life some 182.000 Kurds in 1988.
  • Iraqi Kurds await Chemical Ali verdict (to be announced Sunday, June 24th)

    06/23/2007 10:14:36 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 415+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/23/07 | Omar Sinan - ap
    SULAIMANIYAH, Iraq - Kurds bought sheep to slaughter in celebration and stockpiled generator fuel to keep televisions working for Sunday's verdict against Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as Chemical Ali, and others accused in a 1980s crackdown against them. Many in northern Iraq said they anticipate the harshest penalty possible against Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam's cousin and the former head of the Baath Party's Northern Bureau Command, who is accused of responsibility for using chemical weapons against Kurds in the late 1980s scorched-earth campaign to crush a rebellion in the north. The case — called Anfal after the codename for the...
  • Iraq genocide verdict against 'Chemical Ali' due Sunday

    06/23/2007 1:16:04 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 454+ views
    Excerpt - BAGHDAD (AFP) - The Iraqi High Tribunal is set to give its verdict on Sunday on six former aides of Saddam Hussein accused of slaughtering 182,000 Kurdish villagers during a 1988 military campaign in northern Iraq. Ahead of the judgement, the defence team appealed to United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon to stop the trial which it said was marred by "errors." The most prominent defendant is Ali Hassan al-Majid, a cousin of Saddam who is widely known as "Chemical Ali" for allegedly ordering the killing of tens of thousands of Kurdish villagers with chemical gas strikes. He faces...
  • Verdict approaches for 'Chemical Ali'

    06/10/2007 11:03:28 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 500+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/10/07 | AP
    BAGHDAD - The Iraqi court trying Saddam Hussein's cousin — known as "Chemical Ali" — and other former regime officials for their roles in a 1980s military campaign against the Kurds said Sunday it would issue a verdict in two weeks. All face a possible death sentence if convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity in the case. The decision will be announced on June 24, prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi told The Associated Press after a short court session that he said was attended by the six defendants, including Ali Hassan al-Majid, Saddam's cousin and the former head of the...
  • Saddam's Cousin 'Chemical Ali': I Ordered Kurdish Villages' Destruction

    01/28/2007 1:53:20 PM PST · by Greystoke · 11 replies · 738+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | January 28, 2007 | AP
    BAGHDAD, Iraq — Saddam Hussein's cousin acknowledged on Sunday he had given orders to destroy scores of Kurdish villages and the prosecution in the so-called Anfal trial introduced two dozen documents it said incriminated members of Saddam Hussein's regime in the campaign that killed tens of thousands of Kurds in the 1980s. "All the orders given to relocate people were my decisions...
  • The Most Brutal Dictator of our time: SADDAM w/ Quran, devout Muslim (just like Idi Amin)

    12/30/2006 4:08:43 PM PST · by PRePublic · 7 replies · 1,640+ views
    Most brutal dictator of our time SADDAM w/ Quran, devout Muslim (just like Idi Amin) The media like to paint him as "secular". Well, let's just check some facts, Shall we? Saddam holds a Quran all the time during his trial (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9652810/ Saddam — holding a copy of the Quran he brought with him into the session and held throughout — replied quietly, “I said what I said. I am not guilty,” referring to his arguments earlier in the session). 1990 Interview on ABC's Diana Sawyer he so (ironicolly) says "The biggest sin a man can make is to forget...
  • Iraq - Saddam genocide trial prosecutor demands resignation of judge

    09/13/2006 12:33:22 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 404+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | September 13, 2006
    Begun again lawsuit of Saddam, the prosecutor claims the resignation of the judge BAGHDAD - the lawsuit of deposed president Saddam Hussein, judged for genocide against the Kurds, took again Wednesday in front of the high Iraqi penal court in Baghdad, where the Attorney General asked for the resignation of the marked judge of laxism with regard to the Iraqi ex-dictator. Saddam Hussein and its six co-defendants were present in the room of the court, including Ali Hassan Al-Majid, called Ali the chemical one for his role in the chemical bombardments of civil zones. During five last audiences of...
  • Saddam genocide trial resumes

    09/11/2006 1:57:09 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 259+ views
    The trial of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein on charges of genocide against the Kurdish people during the so-called Anfal campaign in the late 1980s resumed today after a three-week recess. Saddam appeared in his trademark dark business suit and all six of his co-defendants were present, including Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali" for his alleged role in the gas attacks against the Kurds. ~ snip ~
  • Kurdish woman curses Saddam for chemical attack

    08/23/2006 7:31:48 AM PDT · by Valin · 11 replies · 804+ views
    Reuters ^ | 8/23/06 | Michael Georgy
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Cursing Saddam Hussein, a Kurdish woman told the former Iraqi leader's genocide trial on Wednesday she was horribly burned after aircraft bombed her mountain village with chemical weapons. "I lost my sight. My children lost their sight ... My house was razed to the ground. May God blind them all," said Adiba Owla Bayez, pointing at the former Iraqi president and his six co-defendants on the third day of the trial. Describing a spring evening in 1987, the 45-year-old mother of five said aircraft dropped bombs behind her house and she had immediately noticed a difference from...
  • Iraq - Saddam Hussein trial on charges of genocide against Kurds begins

    08/21/2006 1:06:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP News Alert | August 21, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's trial on charges of genocide in connection with a crackdown on Kurds has begun. MORE...
  • INVASION IRAQ: Three Years Later - Where are they now? ["Baghdad Bob," Hans Blix, et al]

    03/20/2006 10:22:27 AM PST · by XR7 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 3/20/06
    Mohammed Saeed Al-Sahaf ('Baghdad Bob') THEN ...Al-Sahaf’s daily press briefings in the lead-up to the war and in its first weeks led to him being nicknamed Baghdad Bob or Comical Ali (an allusion to “Chemical Ali,” the nickname of former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid.) He gained a considerable cult following, with several Web sites devoted to his outrageous claims...as coalition troops stormed the capital, al-Sahaf declared, "The infidels are committing suicide by the hundreds on the gates of Baghdad."... NOW On 25 June 2003, the London newspaper The Daily Mirror reported that al-Sahaf had been captured by coalition...
  • 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...
  • Pro-war film spotted on Croisette

    05/13/2005 9:14:33 PM PDT · by liberallarry · 3 replies · 406+ views
    The Guardian (England) ^ | May 14, 2005 | Charlotte Higgins
    George Bush and Tony Blair will whoop for joy. A strongly pro-war film has been premiered at the Cannes film festival - and it comes from Iraq. The main part of Hiner Saleem's Kilomètre Zéro, premiered in competition for the Palme D'Or, is set in 1988 against the backdrop of the deaths of thousands of Iraqi Kurds at the hands of Saddam's cousin, "Chemical" Ali Hassan al-Majid. It is framed by scenes of the main characters, now exiled in France, rejoicing at the fall of Baghdad in 2003. "I am against war of any kind," Saleem said. "But we didn't...
  • Man Who Sold Chemical Components to Saddam to Face Genocide Charges

    03/28/2005 10:35:02 AM PST · by FlyLow · 3 replies · 366+ views
    CNS News ^ | 3-28-05 | Eva Cahen
    A businessman who has been dubbed the "Dutch Chemical Ali" is being held in jail in the Netherlands, accused of selling ingredients for lethal non-conventional weapons to ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Frans van Anraat faces the charge of genocide in a Dutch court for supplying chemical weapons to Saddam, who then used them in his war against Iran during the 1980s and in poison gas attacks on Iraqi Kurds. A spokesman for the prosecutor's office in Rotterdam said this was the first time a Dutch citizen was being prosecuted for genocide. "If he is convicted, the maximum sentence could...
  • '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...
  • Group Links 'Chemical Ali' to Massacres

    02/16/2005 5:09:22 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 213+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | February 16, 2005 at 16:55:40 PST | CHRIS TOMLINSON
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Recently gathered information links one of Saddam Hussein's most notorious former generals to the massacres of Shiites in southern Iraq and could result in new charges against the man who allegedly ordered the use of poisonous gas against Kurds in the north, a human rights group said Thursday. Gen. Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," was involved in the massacre of at least 34 Shiite Muslim men in the southern city of Basra in 1999, New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a new report. "Al-Majid's role in the genocide against the Kurds is well-known,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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."...
  • Saddam and his henchmen - still arrogant and full of contempt

    07/01/2004 10:31:52 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 239+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 2, 2004 | GETHIN CHAMBERLAIN
    THE dark suit was borrowed straight from the rack of a Baghdad store, the beard almost entirely grey but a little better trimmed than when he last appeared in public, the white shirt neatly pressed but unadorned by a tie. His jailers had even let him leave his handcuffs outside the court. As Saddam Hussein made his first public appearance yesterday since he emerged blinking into the light from the notorious "spider hole" last December, it was clear that some things had changed. He was a good deal thinner, for a start, and this time he’d had time to comb...
  • Saddam appears before Iraqi judge (nervous!)

    06/30/2004 1:59:33 PM PDT · by alnitak · 32 replies · 238+ views
    The BBC ^ | Last Updated: Wednesday, 30 June, 2004, 19:14 GMT 20:14 UK | Anonymous BBC story monkey
    Saddam Hussein has appeared before a judge in Baghdad after being transferred to Iraqi legal custody. The former president was "visibly nervous" when he was read his rights, said Salem Chalabi, head of the special tribunal in charge of the trial. Saddam Hussein will appear in court with 11 other senior members of his former regime on Thursday, where they will hear the charges against them. Charges are expected to include war crimes and crimes against humanity. Lost weight The BBC's Caroline Hawley in Baghdad says it was a small step on what will be a long and complicated...
  • 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...