chapter  5
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A state-engineered national project

The Anfal campaign After accepting the concept of genocide in connection with the persecution of the Faylee Kurds and implementing a blueprint policy concerning the mass murder of the Barzanis, the state was ready to engineer its national project against the Kurds on a wider scale. In contrast to the previous crimes analyzed, the state did not abuse the judicial system, nor did it act with speed and secrecy in order to commit this crime. The Anfal campaign was conducted with the participation of most of the state agencies and was supported by a wide and strong propaganda campaign against the Kurds, who were portrayed as traitors to Iraq and to Islam.