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    Saddam Hussein's Cousin -- Notorious "Chemical Ali" -- May Be Kaput; See DoD Video Of Attack On His House; Brits Believe They May Have Found His Body

    (April 7, 2003) -- Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid -- the infamous "Chemical Ali" who is believed to have ordered the use of poison gas on Kurdish villages in 1988 -- may now be dead.

    Reuters News reported that a British spokesman at Centcom HQ as saying UK forces believe they found his his body in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Detailed medical confirmation is pending.

    To view DoD video of an attack on his house, click A strike on the home of "Chemical Ali" (.mpg 204 KB)

    As reported last month by, President Bush received in the Oval Office three individuals from the Kurdish area of Iraq where the chemical weapons attack killed 5,000 citizens. As also reported by, the U.S. government posted on the State Department web site photos (below) of the victims with text describing the weapons used and their results.

    State Dept. Halabja victims

    "Saddam Hussein is the first world leader in modern times to have brutally used chemical weapons against his own people," the State Department web page said, noting:

    "Hussein launched chemical attacks against 40 Kurdish villages and thousands of innocent civilians in 1987-88, using them as testing grounds. The worst of these attacks devastated the city of Halabja on March 16, 1988. Halabja Casualties"5,000 civilians, many of them women, children, and the elderly, died within hours of the attack. 10,000 more were blinded, maimed, disfigured, or otherwise severely and irreversibly debilitated. Thousands died of horrific complications, debilitating diseases, and birth defects in the years after."

    To view the State Department page in its entirety, click, U.S. State Dept: Saddam's Chemical Weapons Campaign: Halabja, March 16, 1988"

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