Wednesday, March 19
Meet Chemical Ali
The Straits Times, March 20, 2003
He used chemical weapons to kill thousands of Kurds
He heads wanted list of 'Dirty Dozen' Iraqi leaders
PRESIDENT Saddam Hussein has appointed a cousin, nicknamed 'Chemical Ali', as commander of the southern region, a move seen as a signal to any invasion force.
General Ali Hassan Majid is wanted especially for his role in a 1988 operation in which chemical weapons were used to kill tens of thousands of Kurds in northern Iraq.
He also heads a so-called list of 'Dirty Dozen' Iraqi leaders whom the Bush administration wants tried for genocide, ethnic cleansing, mass executions, rape and other crimes against humanity. The list also includes Mr Saddam and his sons Uday and Qusay.
The appointment of Gen Ali to command the Basra region could be aimed at intimidating US and British troops, who are expected to launch their invasion of Iraq from that area. [...]