Ali Hassan al-Majid


Nearly seven years after his capture, Ali Hassan al-Majid, a notorious henchman of Saddam Hussein's known as Chemical Ali, was executed Jan. 25. An Iraqi court had sentenced the former general, 68, to death by hanging for ordering a poison-gas attack on the Kurdish town of Halabja, in northern Iraq, in 1988. The massacre, which killed about 5,000 people, is believed to be the deadliest chemical attack on civilians in history. That year Majid led a campaign that killed as many as 180,000 Kurds, and in the 1990s his victims included thousands of Shi'ites rebelling against the Baathist regime. In...

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