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Iraq War
July 20, 2013
The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003 with an invasion by US-led forces and will end December 31, 2011 when the last US forces are scheduled to leave the country. Although the eight-and-a-half year the war was successful in dismantling the regime of Saddam Hussein, it has produced a host of legal iss....... [more]

War Crimes Allegations
July 20, 2013
The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war ear....... [more]

Trial of Saddam Hussein
July 20, 2013
Although US-led coalition forces succeeded in taking de facto control of Iraq by April 2003, the whereabouts of deposed president Saddam Hussein remained unknown during the beginning of post-invasion occupation. The capture and prosecution of Saddam was an important piece of the US war strategy....... [more]

Iraq War - Introduction
July 20, 2013
The Iraq War began on March 20, 2003 with an invasion by US-led forces and ended on December 18, 2011 when the last US combat forces left the country. Although the eight-and-a-half year war was successful in dismantling the regime of Saddam Hussein, it has produced a host of legal issues in its wake....... [more]

France oil company acquitted in Iraq oil-for-food scandal
July 8, 2013
A French court on Monday acquitted French oil company Total, its CEO Christophe de Margerie and several other defendants on corruption charges in connection with a scandal involving the UN's Iraq Oil-for-Food program. The oil-for-food program allowed the Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein, which....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Iraq oil-for-food corruption lawsuit
February 7, 2013
A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday dismissed an Iraqi government lawsuit accusing numerous business entities of conspiring with Saddam Hussein to disrupt the UN Oil-for-Food Program, thereby denying Iraqi citizens access to approximately $10 billion....... [more]

War crimes investigators uncovered mass graves in Iraq
October 14, 2012
On October 14, 2004, UN investigators discovered a mass grave site in Hatra, which is thought to contain bodies of several thousand Kurds in nine separate trenches. In peparation for the war crimes trial against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, investigators began exhuming the grave sites in o....... [more]

Iraq Presidency Council approved execution of 'Chemical Ali'
February 29, 2012
On February 29, 2008, Iraq's Presidency Council upheld Ali Hassan al-Majid's sentence of death by hanging for participation in genocide and war crimes in 1988. The council had been debating what to do with al-Majid (also known as "Chemical Ali") for several months following his original sentence fro....... [more]

Iraq parliament passed bill allowing reinstatement of ex-Baath members
January 12, 2012
On January 12, 2008, the Iraqi parliament approved a bill allowing members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party not charged with crimes to be reinstated to public life. The Iraqi De-Baathification Commission had forced the removal of almost 30,000 members of the party from public office. The....... [more]

Iraq court began new trial for Saddam officials accused of political killings
December 28, 2011
On December 28, 2008, the Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal commenced a new trial of senior officials of Saddam Hussein's government in connection with the execution of thousands of political prisoners during the dictator's rule. The officials, including Ali Hassan al-Majid, also known as "Chemical Al....... [more]

JURIST Publishes New Iraq War Feature
December 13, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Matthew Shames (412) 383-7633 JURIST Publishes New Iraq War Feature Pittsburgh, PA- December 13, 2011- is proud to announce publication of a new feature section devoted to the Iraq War. JURIST has been providing unique....... [more]


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    Trial of Saddam Hussein [LOC]

    Saddam's Trial [CFR]

    Saddam on Trial [CourtTV]

    Select Defense Documents in English

    Saddam Hussein Trial Blog [CWRU]

    Iraqi Special Tribunal [Amnesty Int.]

    Building the Iraqi Special Tribunal [USIP]