A Poisonous Affair

America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja

By Joost R. Hiltermann
(Cambridge University Press, Hardcover, 9780521876865, 314pp.)

Publication Date: July 2007

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In March 1988, during the Iran-Iraq war, thousands were killed in a chemical attack on a town in Iraqi Kurdistan. Both sides accused the other. Gradually it emerged that Saddam Hussein, with the tacit support of his western allies, was responsible. This book tells the story of the gassing of Halabja, and how Iraq amassed chemical weapons to target Iranian soldiers and Kurdish villagers as America looked the other way. Today, as the Middle East sinks further into turmoil, these policies are coming back to haunt the West.
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