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IRAQIS GAS THOUSANDS OF CIVILIANS AT THE TURKISH BORDER - 29/08/1988

“The Shatt al Arab has been a river of Iraqi sovereignty through all stages of history. Any attempt to minimize the full sovereignty of Iraq over this vital lane would be faced with categorical rejection from our side.”

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NAVY VIDEOTAPE REVEALS DRAMATIC SCENE ABOARD US SHIP - 28/08/1988

”In their campaign against the Kurds, we got the impression that the Iraqis wanted to finish the whole business.”

A regional diplomat

After having learned of the existence of a videotape made by the Navy which documents the events that led to the downing of an Iranian airliner by the USS Vincennes on July 3, NBC News requested a copy under the Freedom of Information Act.

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TEHRAN EXECUTES THOUSANDS OF POLITICAL OPPONENTS - 27/08/1988

“It is naive to show mercy to those who wage war on God. I hope that with your revolutionary rage and rancor toward the enemies of Islam, you can satisfy the Almighty.”

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IRAQ AND IRAN OPEN DIRECT TALKS IN GENEVA - 26/08/1988

“Your presence here clearly indicates your Governments are quite prepared to pursue the path to peace. Against the background of the cease-fire, our discussions will be businesslike, constructive and indeed productive.”

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BAGHDAD USES MUSTARD GAS ON THE KURDISH REBELS - 25/08/1988

“Survivors painted a grisly picture of noiseless bombs producing yellowish smoke smelling of bad garlic or rotten apples; of people, plants and livestock dying instantly as dead birds and bees fell from the sky.

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UN REPORTS IRAQI USE OF GAS AGAINST CIVILIANS - 24/08/1988

“And so we resorted, not to poison gas, but to the atomic bomb. Are we therefore permitted to adopt a moral stance against the use of another kind of weapon – mustard gas?

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BLAMING THE VICTIMS OF US FOREIGN POLICY - 23/08/1988

“The greatest crime since World War II has been U.S. foreign policy.”

Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General under President Lyndon Johnson

Today, Admiral Crowe has blamed the Iranians for the downing of one of their airliner by the USS Vincennes.

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