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To: airedale
By itself NaCN is used for gold mining alhough there is not such a thing in Iraq, i.e. gold mining. NaCN with HCL or H2SO4 will produce the Chemical Weapon HCN or Zyklon B.
44 posted on 05/23/2006 7:54:19 PM PDT by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: jveritas
I should also mention that mixing NaCN with acid isn't a very effective weapon. You're mostly just flinging acid.

The amount of gas this qty could deliver is only 300lbs. If they're buy chems and using them for weapons some other gas is much easier, cheaper and more effective to use.

57 posted on 05/23/2006 8:12:15 PM PDT by spunkets
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To: jveritas
It's not used in mining it's used in processing the ore. It's a dual use chemical. It probably has more uses as well. They do have some gold and other precocious metal deposits from: http://www.rockroost.com/news-rockroost-report-Iraq.shtml

The natural resources of Iraq are primarily mineral. The country is well endowed with petroleum and natural gas. Petroleum is the most important natural resource of Iraq. The country is estimated to have about 10 percent of the world's supply of proved petroleum reserves. The oil fields are located in two main regions: in the north-central part of the country, near Kirkuk and Mosul, and in the southeast part of the country, just inland from the Persian Gulf, near Ar Rumaylah. There are also small deposits of various other minerals that include ores of copper, gold, iron, lead, silver, platinum, and zinc. Gypsum, salt and sulfur are fairly abundant, and seams of brown coal are numerous.

For other uses see:http://www.npi.gov.au/database/substance-info/profiles/29.html#common

Cyanide salts are mainly used in electroplating, metallurgy, the production of orgainc chemicals (acrylonitrile, methyl methacrylate, adiponitrile), photographic development, the extraction of gold and silver from ores, tanning leather and in the making of plastics and fibres. They are also used to manufacture fumigation chemicals, insecticides and rodenticides.

See also: http://www.pacia.org.au/_uploaditems/docs/3.sodium_cyanide.pdf

and http://www.pacia.org.au/_uploaditems/docs/3.sodium_cyanide.pdf Where it's used as a pesticide

I agree with you that it probably didn't have a benign use.
92 posted on 05/24/2006 12:05:45 AM PDT by airedale ( XZ)
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