'Chemical Ali' Executed in Iraq

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Ali Hassan al-Majid, a former Iraqi official commonly known as "Chemical Ali," has been hanged in Iraq, according to BBC News.

Majid, a cousin to the late dictator Saddam Hussein, had been sentenced to death four times for crimes against humanity, and was most recently sentenced for ordering a 1988 gas attack in the Kurdish town of Halabja, in which about 5,000 people are estimated to have died. He was arrested in August of 2003 and refused to express remorse at any of his trials.

"The execution happened without any violations, shouting or cries of joy," Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement.

Majid's execution inspired mixed reactions from ordinary Iraqis, according to the BBC, but was mostly welcomed by Iraq's Shia and Kurdish communities. Said one resident of Halabja, ''We, the families of those killed in the attack on Halabja, are very pleased to hear that Ali Hassan al-Majid was executed."