Saddam Hussein: Kurds Deserved to be Massacred
Saddam Hussein has reportedly told prosecutors that his decision to massacre 180,000 Kurdish citizens of Iraq was both legal and justified.


An official with the Iraqi tribunal that will try Saddam's case told the Associated Press Tuesday that the Iraqi dictator demanded that a court decide if he was justified in ordering the so-called Anfal campaign in 1987-88.
The tribunal official said the former dictator views the mass killings as "retribution," which he said was legal under his regime.
The attacks killed more than 180,000 Kurds and resulted in the ethnic cleansing of numerous Kurdish communities in northern Iraq.
The tribunal official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case, said Saddam made his statements last month during questioning in preparation for his trial, scheduled to begin Oct. 19.
The official's remarks appeared to challenge a claim by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani that Saddam has admitted his guilt for killings and other "crimes" committed during his regime.