234. 3/16/1988

On March 16, 1988, “waves of Iraqi aircraft dropped gas canisters on the [Kurdish] city of Halabja, spraying its 50,000 residents with a misty fog of nerve and blister agents, including sarin, tabun, mustard gas, VX nerve agent, and perhaps the biological agent aflatoxin. There is no precise tally of the dead, but estimates range from 3,200 to 7,000, with 15,000 to 20,000 more injured, many of them horribly.”

 – Todd S. Purdum and The New York Times Staff, A Time of Our Choosing, Page 27

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