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 Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold 5,000 Hussein's Victims


BAGHDAD, Iraq, April 14 - Investigators have discovered several mass graves in southern Iraq that are believed to contain the bodies of people killed by Saddam Hussein's government, including one estimated to hold 5,000 bodies, Iraqi officials say.

The graves, discovered over the past three months, have not yet been dug up because of the risks posed by the continuing insurgency and the lack of qualified forensic workers, said Bakhtiar Amin, Iraq's interim human rights minister. But initial excavations have substantiated the accounts of witnesses to a number of massacres. If the estimated body counts prove correct, the new graves would be among the largest in the grim tally of mass killings that have gradually come to light since the fall of Mr. Hussein's government two years ago. At least 290 grave sites containing the remains of some 300,000 people have been found since the American invasion two years ago, Iraqi officials say.

Forensic evidence from some graves will feature prominently in the trials of Mr. Hussein and the leaders of his government. The trials are to start this spring.

One of the graves, near Basra, in the south, appears to contain about 5,000 bodies of Iraqi soldiers who joined a failed uprising against Mr. Hussein's government after the 1991 Persian Gulf war. Another, near Samawa, is believed to contain the bodies of 2,000 members of the Kurdish clad led by Massoud Barzani.

SI Moderator - Greg Gordon

 2005/4/15 18:20Profile

 Re: Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold 5,000 Hussein's Victims

And they blame the United States for intervening, Praise God for the United States.

Hussein is insane!

 2005/4/15 18:34

Joined: 2004/8/1
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Fresno CA

 Re: Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold 5,000 Hussein's Victims

This is nothing compared to all of the innocent children that have been killed here in America.

Adam Fell

 2005/4/16 3:10Profile

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