5,025. 5/5/2003

In Iraq, “The first mass grave [as a result of Ba’ath Party atrocities] was uncovered near the city of Hilla, south of Baghdad, in early May 2003. By the standards of later mass graves, this one, in the village of Imam Bakr, was small, containing nearly fifty bodies. However, the US military, which controlled the area, soon concluded that tens of thousands of people were buried in mass graves in the Hilla area.” [The 5th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Ali A. Allawi, The Occupation of Iraq, Page 142

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