On the Day of Remembrance Commemorating the Victims of the Anfal Campaign

Today we commemorate, with great sadness, the victims of Saddam Hussein’s barbaric Anfal campaign against Iraqi Kurds, Assyrians, Shabaks, Turkmen, Yazidis, Mandeans, and other ethnic minorities.  The horrific Anfal campaign resulted in the murder of thousands of Iraqi men, women and children, and the wounding and maiming of many more.  The United States joins others across Iraq and around the world in remembering the victims of the Anfal.  We reaffirm our commitment to stand with all Iraqis, including those in the Kurdistan Region, as they work to defeat Da’esh and ensure a secure, democratic and economically prosperous future for Iraq.