Fate of miss­ing from 1988 to 2003 still un­clear

Fig­ures show the num­ber of those went miss­ing in Iraq over the past 30 years has been reached around 69,000.

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cause af­ter op­er­a­tion Iraqi free­dom in 2003 many peo­ple went miss­ing and did not reg­is­ter due to hav­ing no rel­e­vant in­sti­tu­tion to record them.

“Be­fore 2003 the for­mer Iraqi regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein did not reg­is­ter the name of those went miss­ing be­cause it knew that doc­u­ment­ing the names will be used once as ev­i­dence against its crimes. So there are lots of peo­ple went miss­ing from 1988 to 2003 that were not reg­is­tered by the for­mer regime.”

Ad­dress­ing to the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try, Jaf said that with in­creas­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks the num­ber of the miss­ing will move up, adding there is also a huge prob­lem that a lot of peo­ple can­not be rec­og­nized in the ex­plo­sions. She stated if the Iraqi po­lit­i­cal par­ties have dis­agree­ments then they will tar­get each other and the amount of the at­tacks in­crease au­to­mat­i­cally and fate of many civil­ian peo­ple re­mains un­clear.

High-level rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Iran and Iraq met in Geneva from 6 to 8 May, un­der the aus­pices of the In­ter­na­tional Com­mit­tee of the Red Cross (ICRC), to fol­low up on the progress and re­sults achieved by the Tri­par­tite Com­mit­tee (Iran, Iraq and the ICRC) in its ef­forts to clar­ify what hap­pened to peo­ple who went miss­ing in con­nec­tion with the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War.

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