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April 15, 2005

Iraqis Find Graves Thought to Hold Up To 5000 Victims of Sadaam Hussein

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Iraqi's are claiming that investigators have discovered several mass graves in southern Iraq that are believed to contain the bodies of people killed by Saddam Hussein's government - including one estimated to hold 5,000 bodies. According to Iraq's interim human rights minister, the graves have been discovered over the past 3 months, but haven't been dug up yet because of risks related to the continuing insurgency and a lack of qualified forensic workers.

Initial excavations have substantiated accounts of witnesses to a number of massacres, and if the estimated body counts prove correct, "the new graves would be among the largest in the grim tally of mass killings that have gradually come to light since the fall of Mr. Hussein's government two years ago. At least 290 grave sites containing the remains of some 300,000 people have been found since the American invasion two years ago, Iraqi officials say.  Forensic evidence from some graves will feature prominently in the trials of Mr. Hussein and the leaders of his government."

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Posted by Hyscience at April 15, 2005 8:15 AM

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