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Saddam Hussein faces new criminal charges

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - New criminal charges have been announced against Saddam Hussein and six others for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity.

The charges announced by the Iraq tribunal stem from a 1980s crackdown against the Kurds, including the gassing of thousands of civilians in the village of Halabja. The attack killed 5,000 people, including women and children. Human rights groups consider it one of the Saddam regime's worst atrocities.

The move is equivalent to an indictment under the Iraqi legal system. A judge will now review the evidence and order a trial date. Others accused include Saddam's cousin, often referred to as "Chemical Ali," and Iraq's former defense minister. Saddam and seven others are now on trial in the deaths of more than 140 Shiite Muslims following a 1982 assassination attempt against him.

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