December 20, 2006

Hussein's Trial Sees Videotapes of Chemical Attacks on Kurds

Images of villagers dying from a chemical attack on Kurds were shown in Baghdad on Tuesday at the trial of Saddam Hussein. Hussein is facing charges of genocide in connection with the deaths of 50,000 Kurds in a campaign that ultimately killed 180,000 Kurds in the 1980s. Shot in April 1987 and May 1988, the videotape shows attack helicopters flying low over the mountains as villagers scatter. Women cluster near tents, crying as white smoke gathers. The aftermath of the chemical attacks was seen in videotape that showed bodies frozen in death.