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Amid the seemingly growing likelihood of war, officials say Iraq is scheduled to destroy two more al-Samoud 2 missiles Monday, bringing the total number of missiles destroyed up to 72.
They are also expected to destroy other missile components.
“U.N. personnel, including about 60 weapons inspectors, 75 support staff and nearly 200 humanitarian workers, began leaving Iraq early Tuesday.
• Saddam, in a statement read by an anchor on Iraqi television, reiterated his stance that Iraq has destroyed all of its weapons of mass destruction.”
The Anfal campaign, which began in 1986 and lasted until 1989, is said to have cost the lives of 182,000 civilians in the mostly rural areas of Kurdistan, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.
The campaign was headed by Ali Hasan al-Majid, a cousin of the Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. The Anfal campaign included the use of ground offensives, aerial bombing, systematic destruction of settlements, mass deportation, concentration camps, firing squads, and the chemical warfare, which earned al-Majid the nickname of "Chemical Ali".
Played the principal role in formulating and implementing the Autonomy Law for Iraqi Kurdish citizens on March 11, 1974.
For some years, Kurdish dissidence in Iraq was led by the Barzani tribe, which comes from a village approximately 60 miles northeast of Mosul. Their storied chieftain, the late Mulla Mustafa Barzani, founded the Kurdish Democratic Party during a period of exile after World War II. He returned to Iraq in 1958, and soon became the focal point for the Kurdish rebellions against Baghdad. After some vacillation, he rejected the Iraqi government’s declaration of Kurdish autonomy in 1974, and launched a new revolt, which collapsed in 1975 when neighboring Iran withdrew its support for the Kurdish militia. Barzani, granted asylum in the United States, died in 1979, and leadership of his party ultimately passed to his son Masoud Barzani. In the meantime, some years earlier, a younger, more urban and left-leaning group under Jalal Talabani began increasingly to challenge Barzani’s leadership and broke with Barzani in 1964; later, in 1975, Talabani founded a rival group, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Since then, the KDP and the PUK have been the leading voices of the Iraqi Kurdish movement, although other smaller Kurdish groups have appeared as well.
Quote: originally posted by xpert11
the small central government would almost act like a council whos job it would be to coordinated border security amogst the tribal regions and negotiate trade deals ect
Quote originally posted by Sth Hemisphere
If Saddam was to return to power i think he would be a target for assination by other parties in Iraq
Quote originally posted by Rich23
So why would Barzani have rejected the Baathist offer? Perhaps he didn't like the lands suggested as the Kurdish area? Perhaps it was a covert effort to move the Kurds out of the oil-rich areas?
AN independent commission set up by Congress with the approval of President George W Bush may recommend carving up Iraq into three highly autonomous regions, according to well informed sources.
The Iraq Study Group, co-chaired by James Baker, the former US secretary of state, is preparing to report after next month’s congressional elections amid signs that sectarian violence and attacks on coalition forces are spiralling out of control. The conflict is claiming the lives of 100 civilians a day and bombings have reached record levels.
The Baker commission has grown increasingly interested in the idea of splitting the Shi’ite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of Iraq as the only alternative to what Baker calls “cutting and running” or “staying the course”.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
1. Does it mean we can have a Saddam back in at least one of these regions? (Say in the Sunni bit’s where as one of them Saddam himself was popular).
3. The Kurdish Question: A Saddam Just Isn’t Practical Here…
So what are we going to do about the Kurds? As Saddam and the Kurds didn’t really get along well (at the best of times), I guess it’s fair we leave that region free of Saddam’s. This is also because their brand of religion hasn’t caused the backward internal infighting you get in the other (formally) more multicultural areas of Iraq.
Partitioning: The Way Out of Iraq
Ivan Eland | October 11, 2006
President Bush has so badly lied himself into a corner that he now needs the bipartisan “Iraq Study Group” -- headed by the Bush family's fix-it man, former Secretary of State James Baker -- to tell the American public that things are rapidly going south in Iraq. According to the New York Times, one commission member anonymously acknowledged, “There's a real sense that the clock is ticking, that Bush is desperate for a change, but no one in the White House can bring themselves to say so with this election coming.” But media reports of the situation on the ground in Iraq should tell the American people that the Bush administration is lying to them about the prospects for success there. Yet, unlike the Hungarians, who have repeatedly put tens of thousands of protesters in the streets to try to oust their prime minister for lying about the Hungarian economy, Americans seem apathetically resigned to their politicians' conviction that lying is just good, clean fun.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
then how he has legally been deposed?
Is Saddam legitimately the head of Iraq?
(In spite of it obviously being politically impossible to restore him).
What is the legal mechanism to justify it?
If the war was illegal and hussein was and is the legal president of Iraq then the UN would be forced to sanction the US and send in peacekeepers to break hussein out of jail, put him back in power, and fire on any US troops trying to capture him.
If the UN is too scared to do this, then the UN itself is illegitimate.