Kuwait finds mass grave of Gulf War Iraqi soldiers

09:02, May 07, 2010      

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Kuwait on Thursday uncovered a mass grave of 55 Iraqi soldiers killed during the 1991 Gulf War, the Interior Ministry said.

Spokesman Brig Muhammad Hashem Al-Sabr told the official KUNA news agency that the ministry's criminal investigators were tipped and started searching for the site in the north of the country on Tuesday.

Authorities identified the bodies from their Iraqi military uniforms and IDs as well as the burial permits issued by the then coalition forces.

He said the remains will be handed over to Iraq in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Kuwait National Committee for Missing People and Prisoners of War.

The Gulf War, triggered by Iraq's 1990 invasion of Kuwait, started on January 17, 1991 when the U.S.-led coalition forces embarked a bombing blitz on Iraqi occupation troops in Kuwait.

After a six-week war, the Iraqi troops were evicted out of the oil-rich emirate following seven-month occupation.

The Kuwaiti government has been searching for the fate of more than 600 Kuwaitis missing during the war.



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