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Saddam Refuses to Plead in Genocide Trial

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Saddam Refuses to Plead in Genocide Trial

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Saddam Refuses to Plead in Genocide Trial

Saddam Refuses to Plead in Genocide Trial

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Unseated Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein refuses to answer charges connected to the infamous Anfal campaign. In the case, Hussein and six co-defendants are accused of orchestrating the killings of tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds during the late 1980s, in what has been described as an attempt to depopulate a broad swath of land along Iraq's border with Iran.

Prosecutors say the result was achieved with bombs, bullets and poison gas. A verdict in the case is not expected to be delivered until October.

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