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Re: Halabja Film in Liverpool!

Dear Dirk and all

Ahmed M. Jiyad provided me (in a posing on casi months ago ) with a refrence
of an artical ( april or may 1990) in the international Herold tribune
(international addition) to the effect that it was the Iranians and not the
Iraqi's who gased the kurids. probably you can get it from casi posting

Below are some more ref. you mention:
Re: question re halabja and the UN Security Council, Ahmed M. Jiyad

1) Newsweek and David Ignatius

"In April, 1990, Congress voted to impose economic sanctions on Iraq,
largely because of Saddam's supposed chemical attack on the Kurds in Halabja
the previous month, despite a U.S. Army War College report that Iran was
more likely responsible for this attack and that sanctions against Iraq
would be a provocative and dangerous mistake."

2) Joe Vialls

"The most memorable (and successful) of the ploys used was to turn President
Hussein into the man who `gassed his own Kurds' at Halabja. The same
devastating images of dead women and children lying in the streets were
shown thousands of times on all western television channels, placing
President Hussein well beyond western `rehabilitation' under any
          Unfortunately the entire exercise was a complete lie. The CIA knew
very well that a February 1990 US Army War College report concluded Iraq was
not responsible for the Halabja attack, stating it was the Iranian
bombardment that had actually killed the Kurds.' The War College findings
were hardly surprising: the Kurdish people of Halabja were killed by a war
gas known as "Phosgene" used by the Iranians but not the Iraqis. Though Iraq
did use war gas on the battlefield it was "Mustard", an entirely different
chemical which causes death in a visibly different way, enabling US Army
chemical warfare experts to easily identify the attack as Iranian in
reference to Halabja, Gas Attack. Iraqi Power & US Security in the Middle
East, US Army  War College,           February 1990. New York Times, Wines,
M, 28 April 1991, p.13.

3) Serge Thion The World as a Magical Gas Chamber
It is consequently not a waste of time to recall a study which was
declassified and made public during the summer of 1990, entitled "Iraqi
power and US Security in the Middle East", and written before the invasion
of Kuwait, in which three analysts of the US Army War College examined very
closely the behaviour of the Iraqi army during the hostilities with Iran.
They wrote: "The statements according to which they [the Iraqis] won simply
by using large quantities of chemical weapons are baseless." As concerns the
use of gas against the Kurds during the same period, the authors concluded:
"Having taken into consideration all the facts which are at our disposal, we
judge it impossible to confirm the declaration by the State Department that
gas was used in this case." And they added: "To begin with, no victim has
ever been brought forth." All this can be found in the International Herald
Tribune, 19 December 1990.

Best regard

Ghazwan Al-Mukhtar
Baghdad, Iraq
----- Original Message -----
From: "Dirk Adriaensens" <>
To: <>; "Greater Manchester Coalition
Against Sanctions and War" <>
Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 2:08 AM
Subject: Re: Halabja Film in Liverpool!

Hello all,
let's talk about Halabja again. In his excellent book (in French):
"Attention Médias!" by Belgian journalist Michel Collon (subtitle:
anti-manipulation manual, ed.1992, editions EPO), there is a large piece
about this matter, and I can't find similar pieces in the CASI-list, so I'll
translate the essence here:
"according to a report, elaborated by an american commission, the Army War
College Team and the Department of US Defence, affirmatively state that
Halabja has been "gazzed" by the Iranian Army. And also the Red Cross (I 've
read this in 1990 in the newspaper) was quite sure at that time it was the
Iranian Army that used the cyanide. The Pentagon even stated that " we know
the types of gaz that are used by Iran and Iraq. Iraq doesn't use cyanide",
or something like that. The report has been resumed in the Washington Post
of 04 mai 1990.
Suddenly, all this explanations changed after the "invasion" of Kuwait. And
then it was Saddam, Saddam and Saddam who used gas. Are we all still dazed
and confused and media-manipulated? Or are we willing to see (at last) that
we must try to discover the truth after we've pushed out the
media-manipulation out of our brains? That's not too much to ask after 11
years, isn't it? Halabja has been a major argument in the debate of the
remaining of the sanctions. So, let's dig for the truth here, like we've
done with the lies of the so-called atrocities in the Kuwaiti hospitals,
lies that made the public support Desert-storm..
So, once and for all: so-called "atrocities" of Saddam were never a reason
for the Gulf-war. It was oil, oil and oil.
Dirk Adriaensens.
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