Sunday, May 01, 2005

More on Mass Graves

Sun Times publishes today on Iraqi mass graves. Curious what prompts the paper to publish a wire story on these atrocities; the genocide's been generally ignored even though the excavations have been ongoing. Eisenhower brought the press and Congressmen to witness the camps in 1945.

A skull with pink and white dentures belongs to an old woman, investigators said. A skeleton nearby was that of a teenage girl, still clutching a brightly colored bag of possessions.

The trenches full of the skeletons of Iraqi Kurds, still in their distinctive, colorful garb, buried where they fell after being shot nearly 20 years ago, bear witness to the brutality of the regime of Saddam Hussein.

Many buried in the 18 trenches were believed to be Kurds killed in 1987 and 1988 during the Anfal campaign, said Gregg Nivala, from the U.S. government's Regime Crimes Liaison Office.
Clothing is key

"These were not combatants,'' he said. ''They were women and children.''

During Anfal, hundreds of thousands of Kurds were killed or expelled from northern Iraq. The campaign included the gruesome 1988 chemical weapons attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja. The Saddam regime was carrying out a program of removing Kurds from the northern homeland and replacing them with Arabs. Many of the Kurdish victims were buried in Iraq's central and southern desert.

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