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Saddam calls Iraqi nationalism to his defence

Saddam Hussein appealed to Iraqi nationalism on Monday as his trial resumed in Baghdad. Facing charges relating to his regime’s counter- insurgency campaigns in northern Iraq in the late 1980s, the court heard from several witnesses who des­cribed chemical and other types of attack on Kurdish villages. “The whole point [of the testimony] is to make a split between the Arabs and the Kurds,” Mr Hussein said, saying that he had tried to encourage unity among the country’s two main ethnic groups. “I want to give a message to the Iraqi people that they should not suffer from guilt that they killed Kurds. This is shameful,” he said. Full Story

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