Iraqi Communist Party mourns assassination
of leading member Comrade Wadhah Hassan Abdul Amir
The Central Committee of the Iraqi Communist Party has mourned with deepest sorrow its enormous loss with the death of Comrade Wadhah Hassan Abdul Amir (Saadoun), the member of its Politburo, and also a member of the Interim National Assembly, who was martyred on 13th November 2004, along with two of his comrades, while travelling from Baghdad to Kirkuk. Their car was attacked by a criminal gang of murderers and remnants of the ousted dictatorship. A statement issued by the party said that martyrdom of comrade Saadoun constitutes "a grave loss which would be difficult to replace". The comrade was "an example of pure and genuine patriotism, full of love for the people and homeland ... He was a fully dedicated communist, who committed his life for the cause of the oppressed and toilers, and for the ideals of justice and socialism, devoting all his abilities and potential for its triumph". Comrade Saadoun joined the party in his early youth, embarking along a path of relentless struggle, full of courage and sacrifice, along with its members. After joining the Partisan Movement of the Party and armed struggle against the bloody dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, he emerged as a courageous leader through battles fought in the mountains and valleys of Kurdistan. This feat won him the admiration and affection of the people of Kurdistan. During that period and afterwards, he was actively involved in the Party's clandestine work against the hated regime, thus deserving additional wrath and hatred by the Security and Intelligence apparatus of the dictatorship. He was targeted and pursued by agents of these instruments of repression and terror, with the aim of capturing and physically liquidating him. After the collapse of Saddam's regime, the late comrade devoted all his potential for the process of rebuilding the Party, consolidating its organisations in the new conditions so as to enable it to continue its march forward. These qualities, as well as other personal merits, meant that he emerged, at a relatively young age, as a leading cadre who was then elected to the Party leadership. The Central Committee statement also mourned the martyrdom of two courageous comrades, Nawzad Tawfiq Tawfiq and Hasib Mustafa Hassan, who were accompanying comrade Saadoun; conveying its deepest condolences to their families, comrades and friends. Iraqi CP's Central Committee strongly denounced the cowardly criminals who are shedding the blood of patriots and innocent citizens, and reiterated the Party's determination to continue the fight alongside the Iraqi people in their just battle for freedom, democracy, justice and progress.
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