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  • US reportedly sees possible pattern in ISIS chemical weapons attacks

    08/15/2015 11:28:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/15
    U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly believe the Islamic State used chemical weapons in Syria on Kurdish forces at least two weeks before the group may have used it in Iraq, U.S. officials said on Friday. The reports are fueling concerns that ISIS has acquired an arsenal of banned chemicals that could escalate fighting in the region. ďIt could be a pattern,Ē a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the intelligence told The Wall Street Journal. U.S. agencies have believed that the Islamic State aspired to obtain chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, but officials said it was premature to immediately connect...
  • Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

    08/15/2015 9:33:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/15/15 | Nabih Bulos
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed. Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by Isil in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN. Mustard gas, used during World War One, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage and is an internationally-banned chemical weapon. Last month, members of a Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Defence Units or YPG, reported that projectiles fired by Isil's jihadists had released...
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. ďWe have indications that there was an attack with chemical weaponsĒ against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from ďrespiratory irritation,Ē a ministry spokesman told AFP. [Ö] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. Ö
  • Pentagon: Reports "credible" mustard gas used in ISIS attack

    08/13/2015 7:12:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 13, 2015
    Pentagon sources tell CBS News that reports are "credible" that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) likely used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq. It is unclear if the gas was leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles or if they were brought over from Syria, which would be the two likeliest sources of the gas, said a senior Department of Defense official. The official said the reports are credible because of prior information, but did not elaborate. Mustard gas is considered an "antiquated" weapon that must be used in very large concentrations to be lethal, the official told...
  • ISIS Likely Has Ability to Make Chemical Weapons, Warns Australian Foreign Minister

    06/08/2015 5:34:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Islamic State terror group's recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the West, shows it could be developing chemical weapons, Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, said. "The use of chlorine by Daesh [the Arabic acronym for Islamic State], and its recruitment of highly technically trained professionals, including from the west, have revealed far more serious efforts in chemical weapons development," Agence France Presse quoted Bishop as saying in a speech in Perth late Friday. "Daesh is likely to have amongst its tens of thousands of recruits the technical expertise necessary to further refine precursor materials and build chemical...
  • Islamic State has used chlorine as a weapon, says Australiaís Foreign Minister

    06/06/2015 12:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | June 6, 2015 | Reuters
    The comments follow allegations by Iraqi Kurdish authorities that they have evidence that ISIS used chlorine gas against their peshmerga fighters in northern Iraq. PERTH - Islamic State militants have used chlorine as a weapon and are recruiting highly trained technicians in a serious bid to develop chemical weapons, Australiaís Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned. In a speech to an international forum of nations that works to fight the spread of such weapons, Bishop said the rise of militant groups such as ISIS, also known as Daish, posed ďone of the gravest security threats we face today.Ē ďApart from some...
  • Chemical Warfare in Syria Continues, Unpunished

    05/28/2015 5:48:43 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 10 replies
    Newsweek ^ | May 26, 2015 | By Elliot Abrams
    In September 2013, the Obama administration congratulated itself on an agreement, brokered by Russia, that supposedly ended the use of chemical weapons (CW) in Syria. For the killings by using sarin gas, Syriaís president Assad was not punished in any way, but he was supposedly going to turn over all his CW and the possibility of a recurrence was thus ended. President Obama said this: "I welcome the progress made between the United States and Russia through our talks in Geneva, which represents an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syriaís chemical weapons under international control so that...
  • Air France flight gets military escort to NYC after threat

    05/25/2015 9:43:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 25, 2015 12:13 PM EDT
    Authorities say U.S. military jets have escorted an Air France airliner to New Yorkís Kennedy Airport after a threat was made against the flight. The FBI says the jets scrambled Monday morning after an anonymous caller claimed a chemical weapon was aboard the aircraft. Ö
  • Inconvenient Facts: Chlorine, Itís not just for toilets anymore.

    05/16/2015 8:53:21 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 10 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 5-16-2015 | MOTUS
    I need to power down for a bit this weekend, so I leave you with this to discuss amongst yourselves: From the Washington Free Beacon Ė some reporter had the audacity to press BHO on his waffling on the red line in Syria. So Big Guy schooled him on the fact that chlorine is just a toilet bowl cleanser: During a press conference at Camp David, President Obama said that chlorine isnít Ďhistoricallyí a chemical weapon.ďWe have seen reports about the use of chlorine in bombs that had the effect of chemical weapons. Chlorine, chlorine, itself, historically has not been...
  • Obama: Chlorine Gas Not 'Historically' a Chemical Weapon

    05/15/2015 7:02:59 AM PDT · by McGruff · 89 replies
    ARUTZ SHEVA ^ | 5/15/2015 | Tova Dvorin
    Widespread reports of chlorine gas attacks in Syria have not been prevented - or acted upon - because chlorine is not "historically" considered a chemical weapon, US President Barack Obama stated Thursday. Obama was forced to answer the chlorine question during a press conference from a summit at Camp David with leaders of the Gulf states. Syria and Iran were key issues at the conference.
  • Obama on Syria red line: weaponized chlorine isnít Ďhistoricallyí considered a chemical weapon.

    05/15/2015 10:02:16 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 37 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/15/15 | Robert Laurie
    Boys, move the goalposts. If youíre having trouble keeping track of all the promises, threats, and ďred linesĒ that Obama has applied to Syria and Assad, youíre not alone. There have been so many that things tend to get confusing. However, one constant through it all has been a warning that, if the Assad regime uses chemical weapons, it would trigger a US military response. Now we have widespread reports of the Assad regime deploying weaponized chlorine gas. So, if youíre a President whoís absolutely terrified of backing up his own proclamations with actual action, what are you to do?...
  • Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology

    03/26/2015 3:29:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/26/2015 | C. J. CHIVERS
    The under secretary of the Army on Wednesday apologized for the militaryís treatment of American service members exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq, and he announced new steps to provide medical support to those with lingering health effects and to recognize veterans who had been denied awards. Under Secretary Brad R. Carson acknowledged that the military had not followed its own policies for caring for troops exposed to old and abandoned chemical munitions that had been scattered around Iraq, and he vowed improvement. He also said that the Army had reversed a previous decision and approved a Purple Heart medal...
  • Communists Thank SEIU for Help in Releasing Cuban Mass Murderer

    02/19/2015 1:52:11 PM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    Breitbart News Network ^ | 19 Feb 2015 | Spyridon Mitsotakis
    Gerardo Hernandez, a spy for Communist Cuba and the man responsible for the murder of four humanitarian workers (three of whom were American citizens) over international waters, was freed from prison last year by the Obama administration, due in part to the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). This was revealed at a February 6, 2015, celebration of Hernandezís release, along with two of his fellow Cuban agents (collectively known as the ďCuban 5.. At the beginning of the event, an IPS official thanked all who who took part in the 17-year campaign and singled out a number of organizations that...
  • Kurds: ISIS is using chemical weapons on us [What ever happened to Obama's "red line"?]

    03/15/2015 5:02:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/15/2015 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    This is not the first time that Islamic State fighters have been accused of using the region’s loose chemical weapons on pro-Western forces, but this might be the most disturbing reported use of chemical agents by ISIS. The allegation that ISIS militants used chlorine gas on Kurdish soldiers in Iraq likely represents the ultimate failure of the Obama administration’s policy toward to the Syrian civil war. According to reports, Kurdish authorities have provided evidence to international investigators that indicates ISIS used low-grade chemical weapons, likely chlorine gas canisters, against Peshmerga fighters in an attack near the Syrian border in...
  • ISIS Turns to Chemical Weapons As It Loses Ground in Iraq

    02/22/2015 12:05:52 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 54 replies
    Fiscal Times ^ | February 22, 2015 | BY RIYADH MOHAMMED, The Fiscal Times
    A few weeks ago, the US Central Command announced that an air raid had killed an ISIS chemical weapon expert in Mosul. The ISIS operative, Iraqi engineer Mahmoud al-Sabawi, used to work at Saddam Husseinís chemical weapons program before he joined al-Qaeda in Iraq after the 2003 US led invasion. The idea that ISIS terrorists have access to chemical weapons brings back images of the genocide inflicted on the Kurds by Saddam Hussein in the late 1980ís. The Halabja Massacre killed up to 5,000 and injured between 7,000 and 10,000 more. If ISIS jihadists have a stash of chemical weapons,...
  • C.I.A. Is Said to Have Bought and Destroyed Iraqi Chemical Weapons

    02/15/2015 8:31:30 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 49 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com/ ^ | FEB. 15, 2015 | By C. J. CHIVERS and ERIC SCHMITT
    he Central Intelligence Agency, working with American troops during the occupation of Iraq, repeatedly purchased nerve-agent rockets from a secretive Iraqi seller, part of a previously undisclosed effort to ensure that old chemical weapons remaining in Iraq did not fall into the hands of terrorists or militant groups, according to current and former American officials. The extraordinary arms purchase plan, known as Operation Avarice, began in 2005 and continued into 2006, and the American military deemed it a nonproliferation success. It led to the United Statesí acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets...
  • AP: ISIS Has Seized Thousands of Rockets with Chemical Warheads

    07/08/2014 8:29:35 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 96 replies
    The PJ Tatler via AP ^ | 7-8-2014 | Bryon Preston
    Itís a confirmation of reports in June that ISIS had taken control of a site where some of Saddamís WMD arsenal remained. Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents. Iraqís U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that ďterroristĒ groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment...
  • ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert, Abu Malik, Killed in Iraq Airstrike: U.S. (Saddam's expert)

    01/31/2015 10:53:08 AM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 11 replies
    NBC ^ | 1/31/15
    An ISIS chemical weapons expert was killed in an airstrike on Saturday near Mosul, Iraq, U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday. Abu Malik worked in a chemical weapons production facility under Saddam Hussein before joining al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, Central Command said. He then joined ISIS, allowing the terrorist group to make use of his experience in chemical weapons capabilities, according to Central Command. "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's (ISIS') ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said. The...
  • IS chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq: US

    01/30/2015 6:58:21 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    hindustantimes.com ^ | Jan 31, 2015 07:56 IST
    A US-led coalition air strike killed a chemical weapons specialist with the Islamic State group in Iraq who once worked for Saddam Hussein, US military officers said on Friday. The air raid carried out last Saturday near Mosul took out Abu Malik, whose training "provided the terrorist group with expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability," the military said in a statement. Malik had worked at a chemical weapons production plant under Saddam's regime and later forged an affiliation with al Qaeda in Iraq in 2005, before joining the extremist IS group, according to Central Command. "His death is expected...
  • ISIS Chemical Weapons Expert Killed in Iraq Airstrike

    01/31/2015 10:53:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind
    BuzzFeed ^ | 01/31/2015 | Jim Dalrymple II
    An ISIS chemical weapons expert who used to work for Saddam Hussein was killed last weekend during a coalition airstrike. Abu Malik died Jan. 24 near Mosul, according to a statement released by U.S. Central Command Friday. In the past, Malik had worked at one of Husseinís chemical weapons facilities. He joined al-Qaeda in 2005, then later became a member of ISIS. According to the statement, his background provided ISIS ďwith expertise to pursue a chemical weapons capability.Ē His death should ďtemporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISILís ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against...
  • Decades of Suspicions: Did German Companies Aid Syrian Chemical Weapons Program?

    01/30/2015 9:31:17 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | January 23, 2015 Ė 06:13 PM | Gunther Latsch, Fidelius Schmid and Klaus Wiegrefe
    When it comes to war crimes and crimes against humanity, the German government is unyieldingóparticularly when it comes to finding excuses for why it should do nothing when it comes to potential German perpetrators. For more than 16 months, Chancellor Angela Merkelís government has been in possession of a list containing the names of German companies thought to have helped Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and his father Hafis build up Syriaís chemical weapons arsenal over the course of several decades. Ultimately, it became one of the largest such arsenals in the world. [Ö] Berlin immediately classified the list and has...
  • Report: United States kept secret its chemical weapons finds in Iraq

    01/29/2015 2:42:55 PM PST · by TexasCajun · 51 replies
    CNN.com ^ | October 15, 2014 | Dana Ford
    The U.S. government suppressed information about chemical weapons it found in Iraq, and several servicemembers were injured by their exposure to those weapons, The New York Times is reporting. In an article published late Tuesday, the newspaper says it found 17 American servicemembers and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to mustard or nerve agents after 2003. They were reportedly given inadequate care and told not to talk about what happened. "From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam...
  • Wikileaks: WMD program existed in Iraq prior to US invasion

    12/07/2010 4:50:21 PM PST · by LSUfan · 115 replies · 1+ views
    Law Enforcement Examiner ^ | 7 December 10 | Jim Kouri
    The release by Julian Assange's web site Wikileaks of classified documents reveals that U.S. military intelligence discovered chemical weapons labs, encountered insurgents who were specialists in the creation of toxins, and uncovered weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, Washington, DC officials and the news media have ignored this information.
  • Man Pleads Innocent to Possessing Cyanide

    05/21/2003 9:19:31 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 188+ views
    AP | 5/21/03
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) ó A naturalized citizen from Iran who has a history of mental illness pleaded innocent to possessing enough cyanide to harm hundreds of people, authorities said. Hessam S. Ghane, 53, was undergoing a court-ordered mental evaluation and remained in custody pending the results.Ghane has no ties to any terrorist organization, an FBI agent testified Tuesday before a federal magistrate. Psychiatrist Howard Houghton testified that Ghane suffered suicidal depression and paranoia.Houghton said he called police in February after Ghane threatened government groups and unnamed individuals. After making the threats, Houghton said, Ghane said: "You know I...
  • Police hunt for lethal chemical suicide vest

    06/02/2006 3:24:43 PM PDT · by Dog · 46 replies · 1,167+ views
    timesonline.co.uk ^ | June 03, 2006 | Daniel McGrory, Stewart Tendler and Michael Evans
    A DESPERATE search is under way for a ďchemical vestĒ that a British suicide bomber was ready to deploy in a terror attack on London. Police fear that the strike, using a home-made chemical device, was imminent after an informant told MI5 that he had seen the lethal garment at the home of two young men. Last night detectives were at the hospital bedside of a 23-year-old postal worker shot during a raid on his parentsí home, while his younger brother, aged 20, was being questioned at Paddington Green high security police station. Armed officers who led the assault on...
  • [DOD] is contacting service members and [vets] who may have been exposed to chemicals...[editd]

    12/15/2014 12:56:29 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 5 replies
    VetsHQ ^ | Not Available | N/A
    This effort is in response to the recent reports in The New York Times, most notably an Oct. 14 article, ďThe Secret Casualties of Iraqís Abandoned Chemical Weapons,Ē which detailed its investigation and the Pentagonís acknowledgement that as many as 600 U.S. troops had reported chemical exposure, but it failed to realize the scope of the exposure or offer adequate treatment. In the video above posted on YouTube from Taji, Iraq, in 2008, this is the description of the video (a similar video was used by the Times): ďA cache of mustard rounds found buried in a peninsula near Taji,...
  • Pentagon finally admits over 600 Americans exposed to chemical weapons in Iraq

    11/07/2014 8:02:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/7/2014 | Noah Rothman
    A bombshell New York Times investigation revealed in mid-October that hundreds of American soldiers were exposed to chemical weapons while serving in Iraq. Worse than that, the experiences of these soldiers was covered up by Defense officials during the Bush and Obama eras. Today, the Pentagon is finally acknowledging that American servicemen and women did suffer exposure to chemical agents while serving in Iraq. ďAmerican troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers,...
  • Red line? ISIS used chemical weapons against Iraqi army

    10/24/2014 1:31:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    What happens when terrorists get their hands on weapons of mass destruction? They will use them, and that also includes marauding armies of terrorists like ISIS. Despite the risks associated with using old chemical ordnance, risks that the West hoped would dissuade ISIS from making use of battlefield discoveries of old stock, the Washington Post reports confirmation that the terrorist army has deployed chlorine-gas weapons on at least one occasion against the Iraqi army: Dizzy, vomiting and struggling to breathe, 11 Iraqi police officers were rushed to a government hospital 50 miles north of the capital last month. The...
  • Nerve Agent Destruction Halted in Ind. After 500-Gallon Wastewater Spill

    10/29/2005 9:24:40 PM PDT · by ncountylee · 15 replies · 423+ views
    ap.tbo ^ | Oct 30, 2005 | AP
    NEWPORT, Ind. (AP) - Army contractors halted operations Saturday at a western Indiana complex built to destroy a deadly nerve agent after nearly 500 gallons of caustic wastewater spilled in a contained area. No workers were injured or exposed to the hydrolysate, a byproduct of the destruction of the agent, when it leaked onto the floor of a sealed area at the Newport Chemical Depot, depot spokesman Dennis Lindsey said. The facility was to be shut down until the spill was cleaned up and its cause determined, Lindsey said. The western Indiana facility destroys the Cold War-era chemical weapon VX...
  • Whose sarin? (Obama exposed for Syria false-flag)

    12/18/2013 9:23:22 AM PST · by Abiotic · 42 replies
    London Review of Books ^ | 19 December 2013 | Seymour Hersh
    Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the countryís civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded Ė without assessing responsibility Ė had been used in the rocket attack. In the...
  • Baghdad wakes up with an explosion (Clorine Gas Truck)

    02/20/2007 12:19:53 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 7 replies · 598+ views
    Reuters ^ | February 20 2007
    A truck carrying gas exploded near a restaurant just north of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing five people and injuring over a hundred, including many women and children poisoned by gas released in the blast, police said. They initially said the truck was carrying liquid natural gas but later said it was chlorine gas. Five people were killed by the blast and around 138 hurt, many of them poisoned by the gas being transported on the truck, police said.
  • The Biggest Lie [VDH]

    10/21/2014 4:24:07 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/21/2014 | Victor Davis Hanson
    The Left would rather forget its old slogan, ďBush lied, thousands died.Ē The very mention of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and Iraq was toxic for Republicans by 2005. They wanted to forget about the supposed absence of recently manufactured WMD in great quantities in Iraq; Democrats saw Republican defensiveness as key to their recovery in 2006. By the time Obama was elected, the issue had been demagogued to death, was no longer of any political utility, and so vanished. So why all of a sudden is the New York Times strangely focused on old WMD stockpiles showing up in...
  • Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river

    04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST · by Prince Charles · 31 replies · 1,064+ views
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-5-03 | David Harrison
    Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river By David Harrison in Nasiriyah (Filed: 06/04/2003) Mustard gas and cyanide have been found in river water in the Iraqi city of Nasiriyah, coalition forces said yesterday. The poisonous substances are believed to have been dumped in the Euphrates either by Iraqi soldiers fleeing from American troops or local factories that produced weapons of mass destruction. A spokesman for the United States marines, based just outside the city, described the quantities of chemical agents found as "significant" and claimed that it was further evidence that Saddam Hussein has produced weapons of mass destruction....
  • Chemical Weapons Revelations in the Middle East

    10/18/2014 11:03:18 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10-17-2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    Two chemical weapons-related stories this week should be considered separate, not necessarily interchangeable, parts of a whole. The first was that ISIS had used chemical weapons against Kurdish forces in Kobani, raising the question of where ISIS would have acquired such weapons. †The second, in the New York Times, detailed how U.S. forces in Iraq uncovered thousands of shells filled with chemical munitions from various areas of the country following the invasion, and how they were stored and guarded until 2011. Those disinclined to support the Iraq War, including the Times, International Business Times, and Huffington Post, posit that the...
  • Iraq Did Have Old Chemical Weapons

    10/18/2014 7:58:54 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | October 18, 2014 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    The New York Times reports that for more than a decade, American forces discovered and in several cases were injured by Chemical Weapons that were hidden or abandoned in Iraq years earlier. These Unmarked chemical weapons had been intermixed with conventional weapons in order to hide them from weapon inspectors. Not knowing the true nature of the unmarked ordnance made them an additional hazard, both as improvised explosive devices (IED) and for the explosive ordinance devices (EOD), to the personal sent to neutralize them. Secrecy Since the beginning of Iraqi Freedom, allied encounters with chemical weapons were kept secret and...
  • 'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

    10/17/2014 2:01:37 PM PDT · by dware · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.17.2014 | Paul Alster
    The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Husseinís 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragonís Egg.
  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views
    FAS.org ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • IRAQ REBUILDS SITES THAT MAKE NERVE-GAS INGREDIENTS

    08/19/2002 1:35:04 AM PDT · by kattracks · 64 replies · 1,166+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/19/02 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>Satellite pix show that three chemical facilities in Iraq - Fullujah I, II and III - wrecked in the 1991 Gulf War are back in business.</p> <p>August 19, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - These mysterious chemical factories northwest of Baghdad are a major reason the Bush administration thinks war with Iraq is inevitable.</p>
  • MUSTARD GAS IS FOUND IN IRAQ

    12/05/2002 1:03:17 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 153+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/05/02 | DEBORAH ORIN
    <p>December 5, 2002 -- U.N. weapons inspectors found mustard gas yesterday inside Iraqi artillery shells at a military complex north of Baghdad.</p> <p>The inspectors had already known the gas and shells were stored at the Muthanna military site but hadn't yet been destroyed when the previous inspection team left Iraq in 1998.</p>
  • The Secret U.S. Casualties of Iraqís Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    10/14/2014 8:07:35 PM PDT · by ironman · 126 replies
    NYTimes ^ | 10/14/14 | C.&#8201;J. CHIVERS
    The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West. The New York Times found 17 American service members and seven Iraqi police officers who were exposed to nerve or mustard agents after 2003. American officials said that the actual tally of exposed troops was slightly higher, but that the governmentís official count was classified. The secrecy fit a pattern. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United...
  • Pentagon hid info on thousands of chemical weapons in Iraq for years

    10/15/2014 8:06:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/15/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    This story is disturbing on multiple levels. It has been revealed that stockpiles of expired or degraded chemical munitions were discovered in Iraq during the initial years of the war and both American and Iraqi forces were exposed to them in more than twenty instances. This information was never revealed to the public. American troops were exposed to chemical weapons multiple times in the years following the 2003 invasion of Iraq, while the Pentagon kept their discoveries of the expired or degraded weapons secret from investigators, fellow soldiers, and military doctors, according to a published report. The New York...
  • NY Times reveals secrets of WMD cover-up in Iraq

    10/15/2014 4:49:02 AM PDT · by xzins · 223 replies
    Fox News ^ | 15 Oct 14 | Fox
    The New York Times...details U.S. forces in Iraq finding thousands of chemical weapons during the Iraq war. "From 2004 to 2011...troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Husseinís rule," "In all, American troops secretly reported finding roughly 5,000 chemical warheads
  • Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says

    10/13/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2014 | Paul Alster
    <p>Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Husseinís old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.</p> <p>The pictures, obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who appear to have been gassed by ISIS in the besieged Kobani region this July. That fighting came just one month after Islamic State forces surged through the once-notorious Muthanna compound in Iraq, the massive base where Hussein began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s, which he used to kill thousands of Kurds in Halabja in northern Iraq in 1988.</p>
  • Surprise: ĎDisarmedí Assad regime has been hiding chemical weapons facilities

    10/08/2014 1:44:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/08/2014 | Guy Benson
    A quick update on the largely forgotten half of President Obama‚Äôs shambolic Syria policy. You‚Äôll recall, of course, the blown chemical weapons ‚Äúred line‚ÄĚ and the subsequent, humiliating Putin/Assad plan that accidentally became US policy due after John Kerry blundered into it. Kerry has since admitted that the entire proposition has collapsed, forcing the White House to publicly disagree with its own Secretary of State. Nevertheless, a loyal band of administration lackeys triumphantly cheered news of Syria‚Äôs alleged disarmament when it broke over the summer, after several missed deadlines. ‚ÄėNo Drama Obama‚Äô had done it again, they crowed, achieving...
  • IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas

    09/22/2014 8:20:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 85 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | Shwan Barzinji
    IS has used chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers News / World IS Militants Kill 300 Iraqi Soldiers with Chlorine Gas 22.09.2014 Shwan BarzinjiBasNews, Erbil Iraqi Member of Parliament Ali al-Bredi has claimed that Islamic State (IS) militants are using Chlorine gas against Iraqi soldiers in Fallujah. In a press conference on Monday, al-Bredi revealed that IS have killed 300 Iraqi soldiers with chlorine gas. He said that the militants deployed the gas in the Siqiliya area located of northern Fallujah, a city in Anbar province, about 70 km from the capital of Iraq, Baghdad. ďResponsibility for this lies with...
  • Destruction Of Syria Chemical Weapons Complete

    08/19/2014 9:12:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    SKY NEWS ^ | 08/19/2014
    The destruction of Syria's chemical weapons stockpile has been completed, Barack Obama has said. The US President welcomed the development, but said Washington would seek to ensure Damascus fulfils all its commitments. "Today we mark an important achievement in our ongoing effort to counter the spread of weapons of mass destruction by eliminating Syria's declared chemical weapons stockpile," he said. He added that the destruction, carried out aboard a US Navy ship on the Mediterranean Sea, sent "a clear message that the use of these abhorrent weapons has consequences and will not be tolerated by the international community".
  • Russia demands investigation into claims chemical weapons were used in Ukraine amid frantic efforts

    06/30/2014 12:00:44 PM PDT · by McGruff · 22 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 30 June 2014
    <p>Russia is demanding an investigation into the alleged use of Ďchemical weaponsí against separatists in the east of Ukraine as the two countries agreed to extend their ceasefire.</p> <p>Pro-separatist rebels have claimed that people showing symptoms of chlorine poisoning had been admitted to hospital following an alleged attack carried out by Ukrainian Special Forces near Slavyansk.</p>
  • Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons

    06/25/2014 7:07:40 PM PDT · by robowombat · 9 replies
    USNI News ^ | June 25, 2014 12:52 PM | Sam LaGrone
    Pentagon: Ship Leaves for Italy to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons By: Sam LaGrone Published: June 25, 2014 12:48 PM Updated: June 25, 2014 12:52 PM The U.S. ship that was quickly put into service to neutralize Syrian chemical weapons has departed Rota, Spain to take on the arms at an Italian port, Pentagon officials announced on Wednesday. MV Cape Ray (T-AKR-9679) will take on the chemical weapons at Gioia Tauro and neutralize the weapons taken from the regime of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad as part of a deal ó negotiated by the United Nations ó that prevented U.S. retaliatory strikes...
  • SYRIA HANDS OVER LAST OF DECLARED CHEMICAL WEAPONS

    06/23/2014 6:02:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 6 replies
    AP ^ | 6-23-2014
    AMSTERDAM (AP) ó The organization charged with overseeing the destruction of Syria's chemical weapons program says the last of the country's acknowledged stockpile has been handed over. Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons director general Ahmet Uzumcu said Monday the final eight percent of the 1,300-ton stockpile has been loaded onto ships in the Syrian port of Latakia.
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddamís Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, hereís some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIAís file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...