Iraqi Kurdish fighters from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan or PUK pass a small
crater from a mortar fired by Ansar-al-Eslam Islamic radicals, believed linked to
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida, in the outskirts of Halabja on Friday Jan. 17, 2003.
The fighting took place about nine kilometers (six miles) from Halabja, a city notorious
as the scene of a poison gas attack by the Iraqi army in the waning days of the Iran-Iraq
war in March 1988 that killed 5,000 Kurds. (AP Photo/Hasan Sarbakhshian)
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