- Representative of Iraqi regime's 'Ministry of Health':
America used mustard gas, nerve gas and other internationally prohibited
substances in al-Fallujah.
- Dr Khalid ash-Shaykhli, a representative of the puppet
so-called 'Iraqi ministry of health' who was authorized to assess the health
conditions in al-Fallujah after the end of the major battles there, announced
that the surveys and studies that a medical team did in al-Fallujah and
then reported to the 'ministry' confirm that US forces used substances
that are internationally prohibited - including mustard gas, nerve gas,
and other burning chemicals - in the course of its attacks on the city.
- Ash-Shaykhli held a press conference in the health ministry
building in Baghdad,s Bab al-Mu'azzam section on Tuesday. He began by
reporting on the final results of the fact-finding mission's survey of
the situation in which the people of al-Fallujah find themselves. He said
that the city now is still experiencing the effects of chemical and other
types of weapons used by the Americans, which will be causing serious diseases
over the long term.
- The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam asked ash-Shaykhli
what were the facts regarding use by the occupation forces of limited nuclear
weapons. Dr. ash-Shaykhli said, "What I saw during our researches
in al-Fallujah make me believe everything that has been said about that
battle. I absolutely do not exclude their use of nuclear and chemical
substances, since all forms of nature were wiped out in that city. I can
even say the we found dozens, if I don't say hundreds, of stray dogs, cats,
and birds that had perished as a result of those gasses."
- During the press conference, which was attended by more
than 20 Iraqi and Arab journalists, Ash-Shaykhli promised that he would
be sending the study and the results that the committee produced to responsible
bodies - both Iraqi and international ones.
- The press conference was attended by correspondents of
the Iraqi ash-Sharqiyah television network, the Iraqi 'government'-run
al-Iraqiyah satellite TV network, and the as-Sumariyah network, in addition
to foreign media, such as the American Washington Post and the Knight-Ridder
service and the Iraqi as-Sabah newspaper - besides the correspondent of
- The findings disclosed at Tuesday's press conference
must be seen as the most serious statements to be made since the end of
nearly four months of military operations in al-Fallujah, Mafkarat al-Islam
noted. Mafkarat al-Islam was the first to report on the American occupation
forces, use of gasses and burning and chemical substances during the first
days after the outbreak of fighting in the city.