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Deadly chemicals are found dumped in river
London Daily Telegraph ^ | 4-5-03 | David Harrison

Posted on 04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST by Prince Charles

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.

He said yesterday: "I think this discovery shows what kind of guy is running this country.

"This stuff is just dumped in the Euphrates without any concern for the many people who drink and wash with water from the river."

The poisons were discovered by the marines' scientists who were testing the quality of water taken from the Euphrates before purifying it and distributing it to the residents of Nasiriyah, a city of 250,000 people.

It follows the discovery of hundreds of gas masks and chemical warfare suits at a military base near the city.

Weapons found at the site included rocket launchers, machine-guns and rifles, bayonets and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

Yesterday the site was deserted except for a few American soldiers examining the contents of the armoury, picking their way carefully through grenades and a huge amount of other explosives packed in boxes or strewn in and around the storerooms.

Among the boxes were papers with details of Iraqi soldiers, each with a small black-and-white passport photograph attached. There were also dozens of unused black berets of the sort worn frequently by Saddam Hussein.

The marines returned to the Euphrates in Nasiriyah yesterday to distribute purified water to hundreds of Iraqis who formed an orderly queue on the river bank.

Under the watchful gaze of heavily armed troops, the water was taken directly from the river, cleaned and then piped into buckets and jerry cans of all shapes and sizes.

Most residents were pleased that water was being provided, although some pointed out that the water problem only arose at the beginning of the war when American aircraft destroyed the city's treatment plant.

Abdul Ahmed, 33, said: "We are grateful for their help but we only have this problem because of the American bombings."

He added: "Before that we had water from the taps in our houses so we are still worse off than we were before the start of the war."


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chemical; cyanide; environment; euphrates; illegalweapons; iraq; iraqifreedom; mustardgas; nasiriyah; poison; river; war; warlist; water; weapon
Ignorance is Blix.
1 posted on 04/05/2003 7:42:31 PM PST by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles
This was reported yesterday morning by Dr. Bob Arnott from MSNBC. He was there when the testing was taking place.
2 posted on 04/05/2003 7:44:23 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: PhiKapMom
This was the first I'd heard of it. Regards.
3 posted on 04/05/2003 7:46:08 PM PST by Prince Charles
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To: Prince Charles; *war_list; W.O.T.; 11th_VA; Libertarianize the GOP; Free the USA; knak; sakka; ...
The facts are coming in now!

OFFICIAL BUMP(TOPIC)LIST

4 posted on 04/05/2003 7:46:25 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Where is Saddam?)
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To: Prince Charles
Bet it flows in the Tigris as well.
5 posted on 04/05/2003 7:46:28 PM PST by Jalapeno
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To: Prince Charles
bump
6 posted on 04/05/2003 7:46:43 PM PST by RippleFire
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To: Prince Charles
Iraq does not have chemical weapons....This is false information....It is all a Hollywood movie... /sarcasm
7 posted on 04/05/2003 7:47:11 PM PST by BossLady (ALLAH TO TERRORIST: "72 Virgins????? No....I said 72 Virginians.......")
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To: Prince Charles
Well, Scottie Ritter and Hansie Blix, what do you have to say for yourselves?
8 posted on 04/05/2003 7:49:38 PM PST by lilylangtree
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To: Prince Charles
They are finding so much stuff, chemicals, chem/bio suits, books/manuals on dealing with the material. Hans Blix needs to be charged with dereliction of duty with this is all over.
9 posted on 04/05/2003 7:53:42 PM PST by Oorang
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To: BossLady
/sarcasm
Isn't Hollywood *against* the war?
/sarcasm

Sheesh. How stupid do the Iraquis think we are?
10 posted on 04/05/2003 7:54:48 PM PST by Windcatcher ("So what did Doug use?" "He used...sarcasm!")
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To: PhiKapMom
> ... reported yesterday morning by Dr. Bob Arnott from
> MSNBC. He was there when the testing was taking place.

I heard a report, and this one neither confirms nor refutes
it, that the cynanide was later thought to be at natural
background levels for the river at that point. Any updates
on this?

The answer to that, of course, does nothing to explain the
presence of mustard.

Let's not get overanxious about this and leap on every
report from fog-of-war-land. If the agents are out there,
they'll be found soon enough.

(And if we were going to plant them, they'd have already
been "found" some time ago :-)
11 posted on 04/05/2003 7:57:36 PM PST by Boundless
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To: Boundless
I was just reporting what Dr. Arnott said yesterday as he was there when the testing was done. The mustard agent was high on the first test and went down as it was more diluted by the water.

BTW I am not overanxious. I know we will find the find WMD's and probably already have but there has been a lid on reporting. Dr. Arnott did not report this as WMD's BTW. It was a concern because the concentration was high right outside the reverse osmosis intake valve which is used to provide water for our troops.
12 posted on 04/05/2003 8:03:39 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Get the US out of the UN and the UN out of the US)
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To: Prince Charles
Well, technically, the regime USED bio/chem weapons. Granted it was not sprayed on the troops; but it is in the river that is used by civilians. So, where is France now? They said they would assist if the regime used bio/chem weapons.

not that we want france involved, I would be curious as to their response now

13 posted on 04/05/2003 8:06:01 PM PST by Calpernia (http://www.politicsandprotest.org/attack.swf)
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To: Jalapeno
Those guys are really in for it now. They have polluted some water. The environmentalists are going to be on the Iraqis like flies on camel crap.
14 posted on 04/05/2003 8:06:55 PM PST by Tom D.
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To: Windcatcher
Exactly!!!! Wow....they sure have us fooled.... /sarcasm
15 posted on 04/05/2003 8:10:50 PM PST by BossLady (ALLAH TO TERRORIST: "72 Virgins????? No....I said 72 Virginians.......")
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To: Tom D.
The environuts will conveniently look the other way. Can't have Bush looking good, now...
16 posted on 04/05/2003 8:12:44 PM PST by Windcatcher ("So what did Doug use?" "He used...sarcasm!")
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To: Prince Charles
A concentration of cyanide high enough to measure is probably enough to kill you.
17 posted on 04/05/2003 8:35:11 PM PST by Mentos
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To: Prince Charles
Who knows what the correct story is......


Euphrates Chemical Tests Said Negative
No Indications So Far That Chemical Found in Iraq's Euphrates River Are Illegal, Officials Say

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON April 4

U.S. Marines near the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah found what initially appeared to be suspicious chemicals in water samples from the Euphrates River, two defense officials said Friday.

Details were sketchy, but both officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they knew of no indications that subsequent tests of the water had confirmed the presence of illegal chemicals.

The Marines reported the suspicious substances a few days ago, the officials said.

http://www.abcnews.go.com/wire/World/ap20030404_885.html


18 posted on 04/05/2003 8:45:50 PM PST by deport
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To: Lauratealeaf
Ping
20 posted on 04/05/2003 10:18:13 PM PST by terilyn
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To: terilyn
Thanks for the ping. Just as I was reading the article Major Garrett on Fox News was reporting from the pentagon about the dumping of the chemicals into the river. He said some officials thought that it was a clumsy attempt to attack the troops. It seems more like a way to try to get rid of the evidence. I read about this two days ago so Freepers get the news faster. I don't recall a Doctor Arnott reporting it though. It was someone else.
21 posted on 04/06/2003 7:48:58 AM PDT by Lauratealeaf (God be with our troops and President Bush)
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To: Prince Charles
Ignorance is Blix.

You sure as hell gotta be pretty ignorant to not be able to find the Euphrates river in all the time that clown spent in Iraq.

22 posted on 04/06/2003 7:52:37 AM PDT by merak
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To: merak
The iraqi's comment that they did not have water problems until the Americans knocked out the treatment plant - hello, you had major problems with the regime until the Americans came. Liberation through the American forces is something to rejoice about, even at the cost of some temporary water issue. Even as Iraqis themselves have stated, that some would die for some of them would live to be free from the monster. Human nature: to find fault and uncomfortable side of anything. But, we can rejoice for them, that the day of their liberation has come.
23 posted on 04/06/2003 8:05:33 AM PDT by Hila
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To: Hila
Good post!
24 posted on 04/06/2003 10:44:14 AM PDT by Lauratealeaf (God be with our troops and President Bush)
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To: Prince Charles
bttt
25 posted on 04/11/2003 5:51:20 AM PDT by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge.)
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To: Ditter

See I told you.


26 posted on 05/12/2007 7:00:18 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: kellynla

Here it is.


27 posted on 05/12/2007 7:01:57 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: blam; governsleastgovernsbest; null and void; Gabz; Humidston; PJ-Comix

No one but me seems to remember this news report about WMD’s so I went back and found it. I tell people when I hear the “no WMD BS” that they were indeed found in the river.


28 posted on 05/13/2007 7:04:52 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I remember that.


29 posted on 05/13/2007 7:08:25 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

Why don’t we hear more about this? When they saw the American troops coming they dumped chemical WMD’s into the river? Why do I hear continually on the news “NO WMD’s”? This story was broadcast once and then it just died.


30 posted on 05/13/2007 7:15:17 AM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter
"Why don’t we hear more about this?"

The left has taken over every segment of the USA.

31 posted on 05/13/2007 7:22:09 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

That is very sad.


32 posted on 05/13/2007 10:16:25 AM PDT by Ditter
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