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Kurdistan

The pilot who defied Saddam's orders to gas Halabja

By Rudaw 17/3/2017
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KIRKUK, Kurdistan Region — In a neighborhood of Kirkuk lives a family of a Baathist-executed Iraqi air force pilot.

 

The pilot Aydn Mustafa defied orders from Saddam Hussein, refusing to drop poisonous gasses on March 16, 1988, when 5,000 people were killed, 10,000 were injured and many continue to suffer from lingering effects.

 

Mustafa, a Turkmen, was born in 1949 in Kirkuk. He was held in solitary confinement until being executed August 29, 1988.

 

Mustafa's family and friends now take great pride in Mustafa's inactions.

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Muraz Adzhoev | 17/3/2017
He defied the criminal orders from the Iraqi dictatorship, refusing to drop poisonous gasses on innocent friends, neighbors, brothers and sisters, because he was a true patriot of his multinational and multicultural Homeland - Kurdistan.
Gbro | 17/3/2017
We should honer this man, first make sure his family receives his pension, then erect a statue of him and even call a street after him. Decent people like him were unfortunately not that common in Iraq.
Observer | 17/3/2017
Please check your facts before posting any information... This Iraqi pilot was killed while doing his duty in Northern Iraq during the war in 1988. He was a helicopter pilot who worked in logistics and not a fighter pilot. He served with army aviation which was helicopters. Do an Internet search for that. He was not part of Iraqi airforce.
Adam | 18/3/2017
Real man his family should be compensated and any pilot took part in chemical attack should be excuted
Exiled Kurd | 18/3/2017
His memory will live on . His courage and bravery in face of the Arab tyrany makes him a hero.His family has the legitimate right to be proud of him. Let his family know our appreciation and esteem. Greetings from an exiled Kurd.
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