Friday, April 15, 2005

liberals never again mean just that NEVER AGAIN

The al-Anfal Campaign was the anti-Kurdish campaign lead by the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein, spanned between February and September 1988. The campaign takes its name from surat Al-Anfal in the Qur'an, which was used as a code name by the former Iraqi Baathist regime for a genocidal campaign against the Kurdish community of southern Kurdistan.

The entire campaign, which began in 1986 and lasted until 1989, and is said to have cost the lives of 182,000 civilian Kurds by Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. The campaign was headed by Ali Hasan al-Majid, a cousin of the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Anfal's use of firing squads, mass deportation (Arabization), and chemical weapons earned al-Majid the nickname "Chemical Ali". The campaign included the Halabja poison gas attack, which is thought to have killed about 5,000 civilians. Arabization was a tactic used by Saddam's regime to drive Kurdish families out of their homes in cities like Kirkuk, which are high in oil. The al-Anfal campaign also involved kidnapping of young Kurdish girls by Iraqi soldiers and killing and torturing of Kurdish families.


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