The Iraqi president lauded Iran's assistance in the past to the Kurdish people residing in Iraq, and said people in Kurdistan would never forget the humanitarian relief aid sent by the Iranian people for the victims of horrific chemical attacks on the Kurdish village of Halabjah
during war between Iran and Iraq (1980-1988).
And in 1988, Saddam Hussein tested poison gasses on Iraqi Kurds in Halabjah
, killing 5,000, and then employed the gasses against Iran in the Iraq-Iran war.
I invite anybody, British or American, who thinks it was wrong to go to war, to come and see the mass graves in Halabjah
,' he said.
I invite anybodywho thinks it waswrong to go to war, to come and see the mass graves in Halabjah
,' he said.
A slice of territory on the Iranian border around the town of Halabjah
has come under the control of religious parties, leaving the Kurdish border open to hostile forces from Iran or Iraqi territory under Saddam's control.
Aerial bombs were used seven times to drop the deadly nerve agent Tabun on elements of the Iranian Army, first at Al Basrah in March 1984 and subsequently at Hawizah Marsh, Al Faw and Um ar Rasas, at Basrah again in April r987, when the Iranian Army took 5,000 casualties, and finally at Sumar/Mehran and Halabjah