Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Thursday, May 29, 2003


Kurdish soldiers on Wednesday discovered a large mound containing human remains in a field adjacent to a home that once belonged to Ali Hassan al Majid, nicknamed "Chemical Ali."

Human skulls, jawbones and what appeared to be arm and leg bones poked from four deep trenches cut in the earth about 100 yards from a compound that Kurdish soldiers said belonged to Majid, who led a 1987-88 chemical weapons campaign that killed tens of thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq.

The soldiers said the bones were discovered Wednesday morning as a team of U.S. chemical weapons experts searched for a large white container that local Arab farmers said was buried in the area a few days after the war began.

The mound, which measures about 25 yards by 15 yards, was surrounded by four barbed-wire fences, one inside the next.

"There are many bones here," Lt. Paula Hakeem, a Patriotic Union of Kurdistan soldier, said as he climbed into a ditch and pointed to a long hole at the bottom of the trench. The hole contained a jumble of bones and human skulls.

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