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hello all, it's quite amusing to see that the baathists on the list are running around panicing over AI's report. they seem to be out in force recently. firstly, with regards to halabja - an issue covered thoroughly on this list many times, but seems to keep repeating itself. - they claim it was not saddam but iran. check out glen's comprehensive response to that claim back in january: http://www.casi.org.uk/discuss/2002/msg00034.html then, they try to say that Dujeil (where saddam hussein wiped out an entire village and its inhabitants because a person from the village had attempted to assasinate him) is normal practice, and its just a normal response! what do u take us for? murderous baathists? not even israel, with its mass-punishment policies does that. then, they try to make a comparison with other arab countries saying look at how they reacted to demonstrations (dispersing and arresting people). that's almost comical, here's what the iraqi government's official policy is with regards to non-government organised demonstrations: Dealing with Demonstrations: The detailed instructions state that the location of a demonstration should be surrounded, the elevated points occupied, and demonstrators should be shot at with the aim of killing 95 percent of them and saving the rest for interrogation. Another instruction calls for the technical unit [euphemism for chemical weapons] to be kept in reserve. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc16.html then, they try to discredit everything and anything about AI. read human rights watch's reviews of iraq and weep. all their attempts are aimed at portraying saddam and his regime as just any other government. if the AI report isn't valid enough, how about the iraqi government's own documents? is that good enough as proof? here you go, just a small taster. i can't wait for the excuses and weak arguements: -Managing Prohibited Villages: Seven-step procedure for managing villages in the North that are "prohibited for security reasons." Directions include: capture, detention, arrest, and execution of villagers found in the "prohibited areas." Signed: Ali Hasan al-Majid, June 20, 1987. Original copy (Arabic): http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc01.html -Plan of Action for the Marshes: Plan of action for the Marshes adopted in 1987 and approved by "Mr. Leader President (May God Preserve him)." Steps include: "technical security operations against terrorist elements in the Marshes, such as poisoning, explosions, and burning of houses against friends and relatives of subversives in the Marsh areas as a lesson to others"; assassination of "hostile elements"; controlling traffic; burning and demolishing houses; use of planes; and "continuing the economic blockade more efficiently to limit provision of their daily living needs," by: withdrawing all food supply agencies, banning the sale of fish, "taking the most severe measures against those who supply food to deserters and unlawful and hostile elements,' prohibiting the traffic of goods, and using tribes. Dated January 30, 1989. English translation and original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc06.html -46 Persons Executed: A report on: 46 persons executed (including 19 for "being present in the villages prohibited for security reasons, in accordance with Clause 5 of the June 20, 1987 decree of the [Bureau for the] Organization of the North"; 47 people sentenced to death by the Revolutionary Court; and 2532 people and 1869 families "sent to Popular Army Camp in Ta'mim [Kirkuk] Governorate from among those seized during the heroic Anfal operations." Signed: Sulaymaniyya Governorate Security Director, October 29, 1988. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc07.html -Order to Execute Wounded Civilians: Order from the Halabja Security Directorate to the Sulaymaniyya Security Directorate, to implement the recommendations of Ali Hasan al-Majid to execute wounded civilians and raze neighbourhoods of Kani Ashqan with tanks, bulldozers, and shovels. Dated May 14, 1987. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc08.html - Families Detained, Homes Demolished: Report that, after the execution of "the criminals," their families were detained and their homes demolished. Signed: Tahir Tawfiq, Secretary of Committee for the Affairs of the North, September 17, 1987. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc09.html - Father Executed, Assets Confiscated: Addressing the request of a citizen regarding the detention and execution of her family members and the demolition of their home. The report explains that all the assets of her "criminal" father have been confiscated because of his connection to an internal organization of Iran's agents. Dated September 16, 1989. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1001.html - 12 Persons Executed: Report listing the 12 people executed by Sulaymaniyya Directorate on October 18, 1985, among whom three died during interrogation. Order of execution given by Director General with no issuance of death certificates. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc11.html Also check: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1501.html (44, some during interrogation). - Parents Liquidated: Report on the inquiry by Bakhtiar Qoron about the fate of his parents. The report explains that they are the parents of the "criminal" Hoshyar Qoron Ahmed, "an element of the gang of Iranian agents," eight of whose members had been captured and executed, and that the parents have been "liquidated" in Baghdad. Dated November 20, 1989. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1201.html - 87 Persons Executed: >From Sulaymaniyya Governorate Security Directorate: a list of 87 names of people who were executed from January 1 through August 1989, with a summary of each case. Among others, "crimes" range from trespassing into forbidden zones, being an element of Iranian agents, and teaching Kurdish. Dated August 24, 1989. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1401.html - Registry of Eliminated Villages: Notebook-type volume bound in pink wrapping paper with a large violet on the front cover. Contains manuscript entries detailing the names and locations of a large number of villages "eliminated" in the Sulaymaniyya, Diyala, and Ta'mim [Kirkuk] Governorates during 1987. Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1701.html - Seized and Disappeared: Top Secret file from General Security of Sulaymaniyya Governorate on Hamad Amin al-Jaff, who is identified as having been "seized by military units in 1988 in the villages prohibited for security reasons during the heroic Anfal Operations. We currently know nothing about his fate." Original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/docs/doc1901.html - Bureaucratic Beheading: "We do not object to the decapitation of traitors. But it would have been preferable had you also sent them to Security for the purpose of interrogating them” Original copy and translation: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/translations/2379420.html - Admission of Chemical Use: The Iranian enemy has supplied the saboteurs' families in the villages and Rural areas along the border with pharmaceutical drugs, especially anti-chemical Medicaments; and they [Iranian enemy] are training them to use syringes for this Purpose and to wear protective head masks. Original Copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/translations/812015.html - Operation Binary 24, "Kurdish saboteurs" have been sent to complete its experiments: The three documents refer to Operation Binary 24 -- for which, the first letter reports, "Kurdish saboteurs" have been sent to complete its experiments; for which the second letter requests more "shipments of Kurdish saboteurs"; and whose documentation, the third letter commands, is to be destroyed and any leakers of information banished or killed. Comment and original copy: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~irdp/reports/wmb00.html (The comment does not say what “operation binary 24” is. I think it is to do with chemical weapons manufacturing) _________________________________________________________________ Send and receive Hotmail on your mobile device: http://mobile.msn.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. 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