Friday, April 29, 2005

Iraqi Mass Graves

A mass grave with around 1,500 bodies dating back to the Saddam Hussein regime has been unearthed in Iraq.

Freedom Journal Iraq and the Pentagon Channel -- part of the Pentagon's television service -- broke the story late today. It's one of the largest mass graves found in Iraq since the start of the war in 2003.

The State Department's USAID quotes British Prime Minister Tony Blair on its website that the remains of 400,000 people had been found in Iraqi mass graves as of January, 2005. By that time, investigators had found 270 mass graves around the country dating to the Saddam years.

Human Rights Watch has estimated that as many as 290,000 Iraqis were "disappeared" during the Saddam years. They have an extensive collection of reports on Iraqi mass graves and their importance in all potential war crime trials. (Pentagon Channel)

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