Saddam Mass Grave Witness Murdered
Insurgents in Al-latifhya city gunned down ”Hussein Saffer Ali” who was the only witness on Saddam’s mass graves in his way back from Baghdad to Najaf after he gave his testimony to the inquiry which dealing with former regime’s crimes against humanity.
Ali was the only survivor and escaped death from one of Saddam’s mass graves near al-Najaf . his relatives say that he went to Baghdad to give his testimony in front of the inquiry, on his way back to Al-najaf using public transportation bus gunmen near Al-latifhya blocked the road, stopped the bus and killed Ali.
People aware that a mole inside the inquiry tipped the insurgents about Ali’s travel route because he told no one only his close relatives.
** Video of “Hussein Saffer Ali” being interviewed in the film “WMD” can be seen on this page at “The Making of WMD”. **
Hussein is shown at minute 16 through minute 18 (approximately) and displays the scar he has of where he was shot in the shoulder.
VIEW “WMD” PRODUCER, BRAD MAASKE, EXPLAIN HIS FILM ON “HANNITY & COLMES” IN 2004 HERE
Taimour (not his real name) was only 12 years old in 1988 when he survived the Anfal massacres of an estimated 180,000 Kurdish Iraqis – men, women and children including 110 members of his own extended family who were slaughtered by machine guns in mass graves. He fled to the United States and started a new life. He hopes to testify in the trial of Saddam Hussein.
Taimour’s father was a farmer in the remote village of Kulejo; about 20 minutes drive away from the town of Kallar, northeast of Baghdad. One day Iraqi troops took everyone in the village to a military garrison near the Iran border and ten days later to Topzawa jail in Kirkuk.
After a month, vans took the villagers to the desert near the border with Kuwait and Saudi Arabia where they were pushed into graves dug by bulldozers and shot. Taimour was shot several times but managed to crawl away and with the help of Bedouins and others made his way back to Kurdistan.
Because he was perhaps the only victim to witness the Anfal mass killings and survive, rumor reached him that Saddam Hussein had put out a contract on his life. He fled to the United States in 1996 with the help of human rights advocates.