Mar 15, 2020 12:34 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 14, 2020 01:59 Asia/Tehran]

Tehran (IP) - Today, March 15, is the anniversary of the chemical bombing of Halabja by the Iraqi Ba'athist army in 1988.

Iran Press/Middle East: Halabja, in the Iraqi Kurdistan region near the Iranian border, on March 15, 1988, was bombed by the Iraqi Ba'athist army, which left about 5,000 dead and thousands injured. 

In the incident, Iraqi Ba'athist bombers and the French-made Super Étendard plane, flying in the sky of Halabja, dropped four 500kg chemical bombs on the Kurdish people.

During the attack, the Iraqi Ba'athist regime used three different types of gas, including mustard gas, nerve gas (Tabun, sarin or soman) and cyanogen gas.

These chemicals were given to the regime by Western countries.

Former US President Barack Obama said in an interview with the New York Times that the US supported Saddam regime despite knowing he was using chemical weapons in the war with Iran.

Prior to the chemical attack on Halabja, Sardasht, northwest of Iran, was the target of Saddam's regime chemical attack.

On June 28, 1987, the Iraqi Ba'athist regime bombarded four heavily-populated areas of Sardasht, using chemical bombs, in which 119 civilians and more than 8,000 civilians were exposed to poisonous gases and chemical injuries.


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