On the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Massacre in Halabja

Today marks the 30th anniversary of the brutal massacre in Halabja, when the regime of Saddam Hussein used chemical weapons to kill more than 5,000 innocent civilians in the span of just twenty minutes, severely injuring over 10,000 others.

On this solemn anniversary, a day of mourning for all Iraqis, and especially in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, the U.S. Mission joins the rest of the world in remembering those who were killed and injured.  We offer our deepest condolences to those who lost family members on that day in Halabja, and we extend our sympathy to those who are still dealing with the long term effects from this horrific attack thirty years later.

In remembering this tragic day, the United States renews its commitment to supporting Iraq, a land that has been home to a vast array of ethnic and religious groups for centuries, and the Iraqi people in their efforts to prevent this kind of atrocity from ever happening again, and to continue building a diverse, prosperous, and democratic society.