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Saddam's Chemical Attacks On Iran 'Aided By US'

George Bush Jnr in talks with his buddy Saddam Hussain

The claim comes as Washington is weighing how to respond to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

Saddam (L) and Reagan (R)


Saddam Hussein and Ronald Reagan

Recently declassified CIA files show the US knew that Iraq was using chemical weapons in the 1980s, but did nothing to stop Saddam Hussein, a report says.

At one point during the Iran-Iraq war, the US even shared intelligence with Baghdad that it knew would lead to a chemical attack, Foreign Policy magazine claimed.

The report comes as President Barack Obama is considering how to respond to an alleged chemical attack by Bashar al Assad's regime against Syrian rebels.

According to the journal, Washington knew that Iraq was using chemical weapons but hid that evidence at a time when Iran, President Ronald Reagan’s archenemy, was trying to prove it at the UN.

Iran Iraq war - 1984

The Iranian city of Dezful destroyed by Iraqi forces in 1984 - Image:

Foreign Policy cited interviews with former intelligence operatives and CIA documents uncovered amid other declassified material at the National Archives in College Park, Maryland.

"They are tantamount to an official American admission of complicity in some of the most gruesome chemical weapons attacks ever launched," the journal wrote.

There was no comment from the CIA.

Iraq began using mustard gas in 1983.

Retired Air Force Colonel Rick Francona, who was a military attache in Baghdad in 1988, told Foreign Policy that he first became aware of Iraq's use of chemical weapons against Iran in 1984.

Saddam HusseinSaddam Hussein was apprehended in 2003 and executed three years later - Image:

The report said top US officials were regularly informed over the nerve gas attacks, but did nothing to prevent them or make them public.

"The Iraqis never told us that they intended to use nerve gas. They didn't have to. We already knew," Mr Francona is quoted as saying.

Years later, in 1987, the US shared information with Baghdad about Iran's military positions, the report says.

The use of chemical weapons in war is banned under the Geneva Protocol of 1925, which the US has ratified.

Hundreds are believed to have died in the alleged Syria attack earlier this month.

The Irony of all this doesn't even surprise me, this still goes all to this day with the help of a willing media to spread lies for men and woman in suits who are playing war games for real and toying with the lives of billions of people. Sickening stuff, and I guess the tip of the iceberg

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By Katrina Lowrey on August 31, 2013 at 10:26 am

Good article Shaun.

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By Shaun Gibson on August 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

Thank you Katrina, I just think (Gut feeling) this could be going on in Syria. Assas asked the UN Inspectors in and done a ton of interviews saying it is something he couldn't live with himself doing, Some will say "Course he would say that"

The question I am asking here is are there factions in Syria pushing a War aganda? We might never know. It happened in Libya, so why not here.

Thanks again..

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