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Nurse Nayirah
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    (circa 1975- )
    Born in Kuwait
    Birth name was Nijirah al-Sabah
    Testified before Congress about atrocities committed by Iraqi troops in Kuwait (October, 1990)
    Claimed to witness soldiers killing hundreds of infants at Al Adan hospital: 'They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators, and left the babies on the cold floor to die'
    She claimed to be a Kuwaiti refugee, but was actually the daughter of the Kuwaiti ambassador to the US.
    Actual nurses at the maternity ward testified that they had never seen Nayirah there and that the baby-dumping never happened.
    She was part of a $14 million dollar campaign by the PR firm Hill & Knowlton to build support for Desert Storm.
    As late as 2002, HBO presented her allegations as true in 'Live from Baghdad.'
    She is a good actress.
    Hill & Knowlton got their money's worth from her.
    National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft noted her tale was 'useful in mobilizing public opinion.'

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