The Kurdistan Regional Government said in a statement marking the 30th anniversary of the Anfal campaign against the Kurds, "It is necessary to learn lessons and consider them throughout history to prevent exposure to any other campaign similar to Anfal and to seek to obliterate the negative psychological, economic, political and social effects of the inhuman campaign."
The statement said "the definition of this brutal campaign as a genocide abroad is a serious work done by the government and at the level of Iraq, a statement from the Court of Major Crimes was takan before any other party that this campaign is an ethnic genocide."
The Kurdistan Regional Government considered that the Iraqi Government as a duty and legal and moral responsibility to undertake serious and practical steps to compensate the Anfal people and land of Kurdistan materially and morally.
The regime of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein carried out a military campaign in 1988 called Anfal aimed at the evacuation and destruction of thousands of Kurdish villages in the Kurdistan region. The campaign resulted in the destruction of thousands of villages and the arrest and killing of about 180 thousand people because of the use of chemical weapons.