On Wednesday, Western Journalism posted an extensive report on the disclosure that numerous previously hidden stockpiles of chemical weapons have been found in Iraq. That post — “Bombshell: What The New York Times Just Revealed Could Totally Rewrite Debate On Bush’s Iraq War” — was based largely on a New York Times investigation.
Despite the discovery of an untold number of shells and canisters containing chemical weapons, the Times article contended that President George W. Bush was wrong in saying he launched the Iraq War, in part at least, in order to keep dangerous WMDs out of the hands of terrorists.
Ironically, the article also noted that ISIS terrorists have now taken control of territory in Iraq where those abandoned weapons likely still exist. That leads us to the warning from a British weapons expert — a former commander of the British Army’s chemical and nuclear weapons protection forces.
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As reported on nationalpost.com, Col. Hamish de Bretton-Gordon can make dirty bombs with the poison gas stored in areas now controlled by the jihadists.
Mr. Bretton-Gordon said ISIS had shown it was determined to use chemical weapons in Syria and its advance in Iraq had put dangerous material within the group’s grasp.
[he] issued the warning after it was found that two large stockpiles of shells filled with mustard and sarin gas had not been made secure, either under the American occupation or when Iraqi forces controlled the areas north of Baghdad before this summer.
The British weapons expert goes on to tell the National Post that ISIS terror fighters now have both the knowledge and the materials to rig dirty bombs that could be used against their enemies, including coalition forces.
“They certainly have access to the Al-Qaeda research into chemical weapons and will want to use the legacy weapons in Iraq.” ISIS seized the Muthanna State Establishment, where Iraqi chemical agent production was based in the Eighties, this summer.
The International Business Times also published a recent report detailing how militants of the Islamic State group used chemical weapons against Kurdish fighters in the Syrian border town of Kobani during their first attempt to capture the town in July.
The report, which is based on testimonies from eyewitnesses on the ground, said that the chemical weapons had been transferred to the Syrian province of Raqqa from a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons facility located near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. The report has prompted fears that ISIS could have access to vast stockpiles of chemical weapons, including sarin, mustard gas, and VX, a nerve agent.
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