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'Chemical Ali' executed in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AP) - Iraq's government spokesman says Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was executed Monday about a week after being sentenced to death for the poison gas attacks that killed more than 5,000 Kurds in 1988.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh confirmed the execution took place.

Al-Majid - widely known as "Chemical Ali" for the gas attacks - was convicted on Sunday for ordering the poison gas to be dropped on the Kurdish town of Halabja in 1988 as part of a campaign against a Kurdish uprising.

It was the fourth death sentence against him for crimes against humanity.


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