Cornyn Comments On Capture Of ‘Chemical Ali’


In: All News   Posted 08/21/2003
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U.S. Senator John Cornyn, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement Thursday regarding the capture of Ali Hasan Al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali:"The American military has now captured nearly every member of the original Iraqi Most Wanted list, and nearly every day brings new victories. I have no doubt that they will succeed in acquiring the entire deck of cards, just as I have no doubt that the Iraqi people will rebuild their country, creae a new government free of tyrants, and begin enjoying the blessings of liberty."My recent visit to the Middle East confirmed that the largest obstacle to a free and prosperous Iraq is the lingering fear that men like ‘Chemical Ali’ might return and repeat the atrocities of Kurdistan in 1988, or the mass murders against the Shiite uprising following the Gulf War. Each new capture brings us closer to erasing that fear and removing all obstacles to a free Iraq.”Cornyn joined eight Senate colleagues in early July for an Armed Services Committee trip to Iraq and the surrounding region. The delegation met with U.S. and Iraqi officials involved in the reconstruction effort. While there, Cornyn visited with Texas troops and received briefings from coalition forces and humanitarian organizations.