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Poison cake kills Iraqi children[Thallium]
BBC ^ | 09 Feb 2008 | Jim Muir

Posted on 02/10/2008 8:33:02 PM PST by BGHater


Thallium metal. Photo copyright Wikimedia Commons by Daniel Schwen / CC-BY-SA

Thallium has been described as an ideal assassin's tool

The UK government has flown antidote medicine to the Middle East after some Iraqis became seriously ill from eating cakes laced with the poison thallium.

Two of the victims, both children, died after eating cake delivered to a military club in Baghdad.

Others are being treated in hospital in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

It is the first time the deadly toxin has been used since the downfall of Saddam Hussein, whose regime used it to kill its opponents.

At least two of the poison victims, the secretary of the Iraqi air force club and his daughter, are critically ill in Amman.

They and half-a-dozen other patients suffering from thallium poisoning were flown from Baghdad to Amman as the necessary treatments and antidotes were not available in Iraq.

Britain responded to a request for help from the World Health Organization and medication was flown out.

Lethal poison

Thallium is a lethal poison much used by Saddam Hussein's regime against its opponents. It has not surfaced since his overthrow.

It is an ideal assassin's tool, being tasteless and easy to administer, and its effects take some time to appear.

It then causes a lingering and painful death. An antidote known as Prussian Blue can be effective if taken quickly.

An investigation is under way in Baghdad, but the affair remains shrouded in mystery. The manager of the air force club told the BBC he believed it was carried out by conspirators with a grudge against the club's administration.

In what appeared to be a goodwill gesture, a former official delivered two cakes laced with thallium.

They were taken home by two officials and eaten by their families, who all fell ill.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: children; health; iraq; iraqichildren; medicine; murder; poison; prussianblue; thallium; warcrime

1 posted on 02/10/2008 8:33:04 PM PST by BGHater
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To: BGHater

Terrible. Where did it come from?


2 posted on 02/10/2008 8:35:43 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: BGHater
In what appeared to be a goodwill gesture, a former official delivered two cakes laced with thallium.

Soon to be a former person. 

3 posted on 02/10/2008 8:36:06 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: BGHater

So this was just your average everyday Iraqi disagreement, not jihadi terrorism.

I remember the stories of thallium poisoning during the Saddam years. Gruesome. I believe it began with the KGB, who used it on particularly obstreperous exiled dissidents they wanted to make an example of. That and ricin.


4 posted on 02/10/2008 8:37:23 PM PST by sinanju
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To: BGHater

Good Grief


5 posted on 02/10/2008 8:37:26 PM PST by nuconvert (There are bad people in the pistachio business.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Sorry, typo. Please correct date of article to 09 Feb 2008.

Dam already Feb and I still don’t know what year it is.


6 posted on 02/10/2008 8:38:26 PM PST by BGHater ("Ron Paul won every debate!" Rudy Giuliani)
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To: kinoxi

Guess the “former official” had worked in Saddam’s department of dissident suppression.


7 posted on 02/10/2008 8:39:02 PM PST by sinanju
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To: kinoxi

Guess the “former official” had worked in Saddam’s department of dissident suppression and had some party favors left over.


8 posted on 02/10/2008 8:39:27 PM PST by sinanju
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To: kinoxi
Terrible. Where did it come from?

Satan? Marduk?

9 posted on 02/10/2008 8:40:11 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: BGHater

BTTT


10 posted on 02/10/2008 8:41:53 PM PST by neverdem (I have to hope for a brokered GOP Convention. It can't get any worse.)
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To: sinanju
I see no reason to believe that this was sadam related.
11 posted on 02/10/2008 8:43:37 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

Humans refined the thallium. Beasts used it.


12 posted on 02/10/2008 8:44:23 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

13 posted on 02/10/2008 8:44:58 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: kinoxi

Saddam’s leftovers (both the thallium and the “former official”).


14 posted on 02/10/2008 8:45:27 PM PST by sinanju
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To: jveritas; AliVeritas; maica; Bahbah; Mo1; maine-iac7; SE Mom; rodguy911; Doctor Raoul; holdonnow

~PING!


15 posted on 02/10/2008 8:46:30 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Dims) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: BenLurkin

This guy looks like he hasn’t had an oil change in fifty thousand miles!


16 posted on 02/10/2008 8:47:32 PM PST by davisfh (Islam is a mental illness)
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To: sinanju

That is possible. For it to be hidden this long and then used in such an organized fashion makes it a bit less probable.


17 posted on 02/10/2008 8:47:50 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: sinanju
>>>So this was just your average everyday Iraqi disagreement, not jihadi terrorism.<<<

You may be right, an maybe not. "Former Offical" indicates he was probably Sunni. The jihadi's have been allied most closely with Sunni Iraqi factions....until recently when a large number of Sunni warlords have switched to backing the coalition against al Qaeda in Iraq. But this does not mean every Sunni has switched sides.

18 posted on 02/10/2008 8:48:56 PM PST by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out Of Qurans)
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To: BenLurkin

He loved hussein didn’t he?


19 posted on 02/10/2008 8:55:42 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: BGHater
Apparently there is an antidote to thallium poisoning. Prussian blue:

Among the distinctive effects of thallium poisoning are loss of hair (which led it to its initial use as a depilatory before its toxicity was properly appreciated) and damage to peripheral nerves (victims may experience a sensation of walking on hot coals). Thallium was once an effective murder weapon before its effects became understood, and an antidote (prussian blue) discovered.

source: en.wikipedia.org

20 posted on 02/10/2008 8:56:53 PM PST by camerakid400
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To: camerakid400

Prussian Blue is a paint/dye...useful for decontaminations, though.

The real question, however, is if the Thallium in this article was radioactive.


21 posted on 02/10/2008 9:03:22 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: BGHater
It then causes a lingering and painful death. An antidote known as Prussian Blue can be effective if taken quickly.

Prussian Blue
Prussian Blue: Click Here
An antidote? Who'd Thunk It?
Click The Pic

Oh! Wait! I guess they meant this Prussian Blue

(Sorry 'bout that)

22 posted on 02/10/2008 9:03:23 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fiddlstix

Little girls in a sick mindset.


23 posted on 02/10/2008 9:07:45 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: kinoxi

You got that right!


24 posted on 02/10/2008 9:08:33 PM PST by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: BGHater

But their is no WMDs.


25 posted on 02/11/2008 3:18:28 AM PST by bikerman (_ _ . /_ _ _ /_ . . / / . . . . / . / . _ . . / . _ _ . / / . . _ / . . . //)
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