Sunday, May 25, 2014

Saddam's Deadly Legacy Mass Grave Discovered In Najaf Dating From 1991 Uprising

 
In March 1991 southern Iraq exploded in open rebellion against Saddam Hussein following the Gulf War. The uprising started in Basra and quickly spread to other cities such as Diwaniya, Hillah, Amarah, Nasiriyah, Kut, Samawa, Zubayr, Kumait, Qalat Salah and others. The revolt only lasted a few weeks. In its aftermath the regime killed thousands in retaliation. It is estimated that anywhere from 100,000-180,000 people died as a result. Evidence of this massacre are still found to this day. One mass grave was just discovered between Najaf and Karbala, and another outside of Najaf City. The latter is shown in these pictures by AFP’s Haider Hamdani.

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Al Rafidayn, "Discovery of martyrs cemetery Karbala," 5/23/14

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