The court hosting Saddam Hussein's trial heard from the prosecution yesterday, which presented documents that showed that Saddam's government used banned chemical weapons in the counterinsurgency operation against Iraqi Kurds in the 80's.
The documents, suggest that Saddam's office was kept regularly informed on the effects and characteristics of chemical weapons and approved their use.
A letter dated March 25 1987 from former military intelligence director, Saber Douri, said that the targets "lie in lowlands", and thus would be suitable for using the chemical sarin and mustard gas weapons because the poisons would spread out and stay in place a long time.
The letter was addressed to Saddam's office, and recommended that 33% of the stock be used for the attack with the rest being saved "due to the limited number of special weapons".
Saddam claims that the targets were not Iraqis but agents of Iran.
Another letter showed that a chemical attack had been delayed until the snows thawed, when they would be more effective.
The trial continues.