KURDISHASPECT.COM, JUNE 19, 2006
Halabja, June 17– a Kurdish Farmer in Seirawan area found a chemical bomb Saturday near Halabja in northern Iraq as he was reconstructing his house that had been torn down in the eighties by the former Iraqi regime, reported Awene the independent newspaper from southern Kurdistan.
A source, that did not want to be recognized, said the bomb is the size of a propane tank which is 120 cm wide.
According to the people who live in that area, the bomb was leftover from the eighties Anfal campaign. The Anfal Campaign was an anti-Kurdish campaign led by the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein between 1986 and 1989 (during and just after the Iran-Iraq war). The campaign takes its name from Surat Al-Anfal in the Qur’an, which was used as a code name by the former Iraqi Baathist regime for a series of military campaigns against the peshmerga rebels, as well as the mostly Kurdish civilian population of southern Kurdistan.
The Halabja poison gas attack was an incident on March-16 1988 during a major battle in the Iran-Iraq War when chemical weapons were used by the Iraqi government forces to kill a number of people in the Iraqi Kurdish town of Halabja (population 80,000). Estimates of casualties range from several hundred to 7,000 people. Halabja is located about 150 miles northeast of Baghdad and 8-10 miles from the Iranian border