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Saddam accused of long list of atrocities

Iraq's Saddam Hussein could face trial for allegedly ordering or countenancing acts such as these:

_Forcibly evacuating more than 4,500 Kurdish villages and, beginning in 1987, killing thousands of Kurds in chemical and conventional bombardments.

_Sweeping more than 100,000 Kurdish males from "prohibited zones" of Iraq from February to September 1988 and executing them.

_Killing at least 3,200 residents of the Kurdish town of Halabja with chemical gas in March 1988.

_Torturing or executing tens of thousands of Shiite Muslims, mainly males, in the 1980s during the Iran-Iraq war.

_Draining Iraq's southern marshes from 1999 to 2002 in retaliation for an attempted rebellion by Shiite Marsh Arabs and executing more than 50,000 suspected dissidents.

_ Raping, torturing and executing 600 or more Kuwaiti civilians during Iraq's 1990-91 occupation of that country.

_Causing the "disappearances" of targeted Iraqi groups, including communists and other leftists, Kurds, Assyrians, Turkmens, out-of-favor members of his Baath Party and the relatives of people in these groups.

Sources: State Department, Norwegian Refugee Council, Human Rights Watch, World Almanac


(Compiled by Knight Ridder Newspapers researcher Tish Wells.)


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