A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja

A Poisonous Affair: America, Iraq, and the Gassing of Halabja

by Joost R. Hiltermann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521876869

ISBN-13: 9780521876865

Pub. Date: 07/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521876865
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/31/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: the Halabja controversy; 1. Crossing the chemical threshold; 2. Setting the volume control; 3. Chemical interlude; 4. War in Kurdistan; 5. Halabja; 6. The Halabja demonstration effect; 7. Iran and the use of gas; 8. Fixing the evidence; 9. The road to Kuwait; Conclusion: fall-out.

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