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Iraqi Kurds Taking Legal Action Against French Companies Accused of Sending Gas to 'Chemical Ali'

Companies in Germany and the Netherlands could also see similar action taken

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PARIS, June 11 (UPI) — Iraqi Kurd survivors of a chemical attack in 1988 by Saddam Hussein are taking legal action against French companies that supplied poison gas, a lawyer said.

David Pere represents 721 survivors of the attack, which was ordered by then-Defense Minister Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali," Radio France Internationale reported Tuesday.

The attack was ordered against Kurds who had taken control of Halabja with Iran's backing during the Iraq-Iran war. Five thousand people died from the gas.