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Kurdistan

Halabja war museum adds Iraqi fighter jet that bombed the town

By Rudaw 7/3/2017
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HALABJA, Kurdistan Region – The memorial museum of Halabja has received an Iraqi fighter jet believed to have been used in the chemical attack on the city on March 16, 1988.

The Soviet-made Sukhoi-modelled fighter jet had been kept in the city of Kirkuk, Abu Bakir Ibrahim, a Peshmerga commander told Rudaw.
 
It was transported to the city’s museum on Monday, to be added to a collection of weapons used in the chemical attack and shown to the public.
 
Halabja is the site of the worst chemical attack ever carried out against a civilian population in history. Iraqi jets trying to expel Kurdish Peshmerga and Iranian forces dropped chemical bombs on the city, killing 5,000 civilians within hours.

Sarkhel Ghafar, the director of the museum, said bringing the old jet to the memorial museum was part of documenting the weapons the Iraqi regime used to attack the city.
 
Iraqi air force used different types of fighter-bombers on that day, including MiG, Mirage, and Sukhoi, according to the testimonies of the chemical attack survivors and the rights organizations Human Rights Watch, which published a comprehensive report in 1993 titled Genocide in Iraq, chronicling the Anfal campaign against the Kurds.
 
“The symptoms described by survivors are consistent with exposure to both mustard gas and a nerve agent such as Sarin,” the HRW report said.

Comments

 
sarwer | 7/3/2017
It should be 16th march be a holiday throught out Kurdistan even in the world for respect and remembarance of Halabja, it is shocking can notice other days which is Baath days still holiday, which should be otherway round..we must change that..
west_is_also_guilty | 8/3/2017
***by the way - the gas was from germany and usa delivered to the evil dictator saddam. these states are also guilty for the dead of tenthausands kurds. ++and don´t forget these states and more delivered weapons to both sides. iran and iraq. ++the west wanted that the kill themselve bilateral, so when all is down - the west could come and get the natural ressources very cheap. +kurds can still trust nobody - so it´s absolute important that all kurds stand together !!!

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