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Iraqi Kurds mark Saddam's massacre
Wed, 13 Apr 2011 10:26:59 GMT
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Iraq's Kurdistan marks the official anniversary of Saddam's genocidal "al-Anfal Campaign" against the Kurdish population, amid reports that collaborators of the massacre still work for regional officials.

This year, the Iraqi High Court in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, has listed the names of 270 collaborators -- “Jash” in Kurdish - who aided Iraqi executed dictator Saddam Hussein's regime to carry out the massacre of hundreds of thousands of Kurds, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.

According to the court's report, the mentioned collaborators are still alive and live in Kurdistan with the full knowledge and protection of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

Some of those mentioned in the list work directly for the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) authorities, the report says.

The al-Anfal campaign began in 1986 and lasted until 1989 by Saddam Hussein.

It included the use of ground offensives, aerial bombing, systematic destruction of settlements, mass deportation, firing squads, and chemical warfare against the Iraqi Kurds and other minorities in the country.

Although al-Anfal was basically aimed at killing “battle-age" men, tens of thousands of women and children were also disappeared during the campaign.

The commander of al-Anfal had informed Jash (literally "donkey's foal" in Kurdish) units in his orders that taking cattle, sheep, goats, money, weapons and even Kurdish women was legal.

Local sources estimate the number of victims about 180,000. However, some independent sources say from 1,100,000 to more than 2,150,000 Kurds lost their lives during the campaign.

About 4,000 Kurdish villages -- around 90 percent of villages in targeted areas -- were also wiped out during al-Anfal campaign.

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