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Iraq to sue over ’81 Osirak reactor attack

(JTA) — Iraq is planning to sue Israel for bombing its nuclear reactor at Osirak nearly three decades ago.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has instructed his foreign ministry to find out from the United Nations whether it can receive compensation from Israel. Israel’s Air Force bombed the reactor, which had not yet gone online, in 1981.

A U.N. resolution passed at the time condemned Israel’s attack and determined that Iraq had a right to demand compensation, the Jerusalem Post reported.

Baghdad has demanded that the United Nations establish a committee to assess the damage caused by Israel’s attack so it can calculate the appropriate amount of compensation.
 

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