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  • Iran reportedly producing deadly sarin gas

    09/23/2013 12:01:07 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/23/2013 | Reza Kahlili
    Iran is producing chemical weapons, including sarin gas, out of a facility in Fars Province. Sarin gas, banned under international protocol, is the gas Syria’s Assad regime used to kill more than 1,400 civilians on Aug. 21. A Revolutionary Guards base, Shahid Dastgheyb, is producing five deadly gases, under the project name of “Baasat,” as part of the Islamic regime’s chemical weapons program, according to intelligence received from a member of the Guards serving in the province. The source is not named due to security reasons. The chemical plant is outside the central city of Shiraz and close to the...
  • 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 States’ acquiring and destroying at least 400 Borak rockets...
  • INTELLIGENCE: Why Iraq WMD Finds Were Kept Secret

    06/24/2006 11:17:55 AM PDT · by Wiz · 113 replies · 3,704+ views
    Strategy Page ^ | 2006 Jun 23 | Harold C. Hutchison
    June 23, 2006: The revelation that Coalition forces have discovered about 500 shells containing chemical weapons (mostly sarin nerve gas and mustard gas) since 2003, most of which are pre-1991 Gulf War vintage, leads to the question as to why the U.S. waited so long to reveal this. The U.S. government has taken a beating for supposed failures to find weapons of mass destruction in the press, and from political opponents. There have been some discoveries that have made the news, most notably an incident in May, 2004, when terrorists used a 155-millimeter shell loaded with sarin in an IED....
  • 2002 Document: Request for Precursor That Can Be Used To Make VX Nerve Gas (Translation)

    09/05/2006 11:49:36 AM PDT · by jveritas · 70 replies · 6,147+ views
    Document ISGQ-2005-00023243 is dated September 19 2002 and it is letter from the Chairman of the Chemistry department in the Iraqi Atomic Energy Organization where he is asking to provide him some Chemical Materials that can be used as Precursors for making Chemical Weapons mainly the Phosphorus Pentasulfide that can be used as a main Precursor to make VX Nerve Gas the deadliest of all Chemical Weapons. Other materials on the list like Phosphorus oxychloride, Thiophosphoryl Chloride and Thionyl Chloride that can also be used to make Chemical Gas weapons. All these materials are called the “dual use” where it...
  • As Pakistan comes full circle, a light is shone on Zia ul-Haq's death

    08/15/2008 10:29:30 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 5 replies · 99+ views
    timesonline.co.uk (excerpt) ^ | August 16, 2008 | James Bone and Zahid Hussain
    Excerpt - The plane crash that killed President Muhammad Zia ul-Haq of Pakistan has spawned myriad conspiracy theories since his C-130 plunged into the Bahawalpur Desert with his top generals and the US Ambassador on board exactly 20 years ago tomorrow. The despot’s death changed Pakistan’s political landscape in an instant, ushering the Muslim state into a period of shaky civilian rule, similar to the situation the country finds itself in today. American, Soviet, Pakistani, Indian and even Israeli intelligence agents are among those blamed for sabotaging the plane. But now, two decades on, the The Times has reviewed the...
  • Saddam's Forgotten WMD Confession

    10/11/2003 11:55:34 AM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 12 replies · 249+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/11/03 | Limbacher
    The elite media continues to insist that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction when the U.S. attacked in March, citing the scant evidence of any actual weapons finds by U.S. arms inspector David Kay. But if it's true that Saddam Hussein was actually innocent on the WMD charge, then why did he confess in 1998 that his country had amassed huge stockpiles of highly toxic weaponized poisons - along with the delivery systems to take them beyond Iraq's borders. That's right - lost in the debate over why U.S. weapons inspectors have yet to uncover the Iraqi version of...
  • 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...
  • GOTTA SEE THIS-War Endur.Freedom 12/5/02-Salman Bak, Al-Tuwaitha, al-Muthanna, Halabja, Mosul

    12/04/2002 2:12:24 PM PST · by Diogenesis · 39 replies · 725+ views
    AP, Reuters, Yahoo, NASA, Space Imaging and the usual suspects | 12/5/02 | The Armies of Good against the Axis of Evil
    GOTTA SEE THIS - War for Enduring Freedom 12/5/02 - Strike Video, Salman Bak, Al-Tuwaitha, al-Muthanna, Halabja, Mosul BREAKING: Salman Bak, Al-Tuwaitha nuclear complex BREAKING: al-Muthanna - guano and tanks BREAKING: Halabja - ~20 of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan killed or wounded trusting a truce with al Qaeda and Islamic terrorists BREAKING: Mosul - U.S. and British warplanes defended the sky STRIKE VIDEO Iraqi Spoon-rest Radar on a truck. (Note: mpg file is 16.4 MB) From the DoD News Briefing =========== Baghdad =========== In Baghdad, Iraq, inspectors leaving UN HQ. In Iraq, at Salman Bak, at the Al-Tuwaitha nuclear...
  • '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 Hussein’s 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 Dragon’s Egg.
  • Bodansky: What If Bashar Didn't Do It? [Syria Chemical Attack]

    09/03/2013 1:27:16 PM PDT · by Yosemitest · 33 replies
    www.RushLimbaugh.com ^ | September 03, 2013 | Rush Limbaugh
    Bodansky: What If Bashar Didn't Do It? [Syria Chemical Attack] September 03, 2013 BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: All right. So here's the deal. Last week, Obama reverses himself and says that he's not gonna go into Syria. Remember, they're using nerve gas. John Kerry goes out there, 1,500 people, 2,400 people, a lot of kids, nerve gas, sarin gas, got the proof.Look, I'm gonna get into all the hypocrisy.Yes, Kerry dining with Bashar back in 2009 and talking about what a great guy Bashar was. The bottom line is this administration is as incompetent as Jimmy Carter. There's only one...
  • John Kerry: Syrian regime killed 1,429 people in chemical attack

    08/30/2013 10:59:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 30, 2013 | Stephen Dinan
    The White House released a four-page assessment Friday laying out the evidence the government used to conclude that Syria launched a chemical weapons attack last week, as President Obama continues to lay the groundwork for retaliatory strikes. “We assess with high confidence that the Syrian government carried out the chemical weapons attack against opposition elements in the Damascus suburbs on August 21,” the report, labeles the “U.S. Government Assessment of the Syrian Government’s Use of Chemical Weapons on August 21, 2013.” The assessment said the attack, on 12 locations in the Damascus area, killed at least 1,429 people, including at...
  • Suspicious Substance At JFK Turns Out To Be Beauty Supplies

    08/12/2013 4:21:12 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 27 replies
    CBS Local ^ | August 11, 2013
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two workers were hospitalized after opening a package at John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday, but the substance inside – initially feared to be nerve gas – turned out only to be beauty supplies. As CBS 2’s Steve Langford reported, it was a tense scene at the U.S. Postal Service facility at the eastern edge of the airport Sunday. Port Authority police, the FDNY, and an FBI hazardous response team all rushed to the scene after the workers reported feeling ill. In this post-9/11 world, authorities respond quickly and forcefully out of an abundance of caution,...
  • Report: Nerve Gas Sickens Postal Inspectors at New York's JFK Airport(Update post 122)

    08/11/2013 10:11:47 AM PDT · by kristinn · 122 replies
    WABC-TV via Twitter ^ | Sunday, August 11, 2013
    BREAKING NEWS: Two postal inspectors at JFK Airport sickened by nerve gas after opening package
  • Russia: Syrian Rebels Made, Used Sarin Nerve Gas

    07/09/2013 1:34:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | July 9, 2013 | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN and EDITH M. LEDERER
    <p>Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday that Russian experts determined that Syrian rebels made sarin nerve gas and used it in a deadly chemical weapon attack outside Aleppo in March.</p> <p>Ambassador Vitaly Churkin blamed opposition fighters for the March 19 attack in the government-controlled Aleppo suburb of Khan al-Assal, which he said killed 26 people, including 16 military personnel, and injured 86 others.</p>
  • Hagel says evidence chemical weapons were used in Syria

    04/25/2013 9:51:00 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4-25-2013 | FoxNews.com
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday the U.S. intelligence community believes the Syrian regime used the chemical weapon sarin, a revelation that immediately raised the question of whether a "red line" had been crossed in the country's civil war. Hagel confirmed the intelligence assessment, which was detailed in a letter to select members of Congress, while speaking to reporters on a visit to Abu Dhabi. The administration swiftly released those letters, which said U.S. intelligence determined with varying degrees of confidence that "the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically the chemical agent sarin."...
  • 300 Sacks Castor Beans Found In Iraq By U.S.Troops[per MSNBC]

    06/25/2003 9:14:47 PM PDT · by Lady In Blue · 115 replies · 431+ views
    MSNBC ^ | June 25, 2003 | vanity
    I was watching TV this evening and started to flip cable channels when I saw a streaming on MSNBC on our forces finding castor beans. The following is a part of what their website said about it. NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski that within just the past week, U.S. investigators had found two shipping containers filled with millions of much more recent documents relating to chemical and biological weapons. One of the documents, from 2001, was titled “Document burial and U.N. activities in Iraq,” the sources said. It gave detailed instructions on how to hide materials and deceive U.N. weapons inspectors,...
  • PHOTOS - World War II Army Nurses Wearing Gas Masks

    01/22/2013 6:50:43 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 16 replies
    Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy | Retronaut & Adventures in Genealogy
    Members of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps advance through a cloud of smoke during a gas mask drill, 1942. U.S. Army Nurse Corps members in formation. World War II Army Nurses onning their gas masks. Mary Brown, Nurse and Soldier
  • Syria loads chemical weapons into bombs; military awaits Assad's order

    12/05/2012 4:03:49 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | December 5, 2012 | Jim Miklaszewski and M. Alex Johnson
    The Syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people and is awaiting final orders from President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials told NBC News on Wednesday. The military has loaded the precursor chemicals for sarin, a deadly nerve gas, into aerial bombs that could be dropped onto the Syrian people from dozens of fighter-bombers, the officials said. As recently as Tuesday, officials had said there was as yet no evidence that the process of mixing the "precursor" chemicals had begun. But Wednesday, they said their worst fears had been confirmed: The nerve agents were locked and loaded...
  • Gaddafi’s Chemical Weapons Factory Found

    10/10/2011 7:53:06 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Asharq Alawasat ^ | 10/10/2011 | Abdul Sattar Hatita
    The al-Sadd battalion was guarding the chemical weapons factory and warehouse. However, the battalion has since withdrawn to Misratah, leaving a stockpile of deadly weapons vulnerable to theft. The current number of guards at the chemical weapons site, which contains 9 tons of mustard gas and dozens of barrels contaminated with chemicals, is just two men armed with Kalashnikov rifles. Hamzah al-Shaibani, spokesman for the “17 February revolution committee” said in a telephone interview with Asharq al-Awsat yesterday that: "We appeal to the United Nations and the Transitional National Council to protect and secure the area, because it represents a...
  • Terrorists expected to hit Egypt hard in Iraq attack

    03/10/2003 11:13:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 75+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Tuesday, March 11, 2003
    A top Egyptian security official is warning he expects "a wave of Islamic terror attacks against the country, planned and prepared outside of Egypt," according to G2 Bulletin's intelligence sources. The terror threat in Egypt is being taken so seriously among western and Israeli intelligence agencies that they are actively considering the possibility of the fall of President Hosni Mubarak's regime and pondering what might become of Cairo's weapons of mass destruction in such an eventuality. During a special session of the People's Assembly, Egyptian Minister of the Interior Habib al-Adeli reportedly told legislators that his assessment is based on...
  • Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6

    02/07/2004 4:39:52 PM PST · by Valin · 6 replies · 245+ views
    Baghdad leaders reveal that coup plot duped MI6 Julie Flint explains how rumours of Saddam's overthrow caused British intelligence to miss vital information about Iraq's weapons programme British intelligence took its eyes off Saddam Hussein's weapons programmes because it had been duped into believing a military coup would leave Sunni Muslims in power in Iraq. Sources in the country say what they missed was a push to convert chemical and biological organisms into dry agents that could be hidden until pressure on the regime was lifted. 'From the second half of 2000, the focus of the British was not on...
  • Did Nazi scientist save Britain from Hitler's deadly gas that could have killed millions?

    07/07/2010 5:30:58 PM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 7, 2010 | Guy Walters
    None of the men of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Hampshires was surprised that the fight would be tough. As they doggedly advanced up 'Gold' beach on D-Day, every man knew that surviving the murderous criss-cross of machine-gun fire would demand a miracle. The village of Le Hamel, although no more than a few hundred yards beyond the surf, never seemed to get any closer. The bullets mercilessly cut down their commanding officer as well as several middle-ranking officers, and as the day wore on, it looked as if the entire battalion would be slaughtered on the beach. ...........................................................
  • China detects deadly nerve gas at border with N Korea: report (sarin)

    10/08/2009 6:39:03 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 34 replies · 2,436+ views
    AFP ^ | 10/08/09
    China detects deadly nerve gas at border with NKorea: report 1 hr 51 mins ago TOKYO (AFP) – China has detected deadly nerve gas at its border with North Korea and suspects an accidental release inside the secretive state, a Japanese news report said Friday. The Chinese military is strengthening its surveillance activities after detecting the highly virulent sarin gas in November last year and in February in Liaoning province, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources from the Chinese military.
  • Nerve gas detection in a fraction of a second

    10/03/2009 10:23:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 701+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 24 September 2009 | Lewis Brindley
    A new molecule that detects and destroys lethal nerve gases has been developed by researchers in the US. It is hoped that the research will help develop new early-warning systems against chemical weapon attacks, and possibly give rise to an effective antidote. Originally developed during the lead up to the second world war, organophosphorus nerve gases such as sarin, tabun and soban are odourless and colourless - and exposure to even a small amount can be fatal within minutes. Despite being outlawed by chemical weapons conventions in the 1990s, their relatively straightforward chemical structure means they could conceivably be deployed by...
  • Georgian authorities seize radioactive substances from taxi

    06/16/2003 11:10:39 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 272+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 16, 2003 | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Authorities seized a small amount of radioactive material and nerve gas from a taxi in the Georgian capital and detained the driver, officials said Monday. Tedo Mokeliya was detained May 31 after police in this former Soviet republic discovered two containers with 3 curies of cesium-137 and 12 microcuries of strontium in his taxi, said Givi Mgebrishvili, chief of the Interior Ministry's main criminal investigation department. Cesium and strontium, which have medical and industrial applications, are considered likely ingredients for a so-called "dirty bomb," in which conventional explosives are combined with radioactive material. Mgebrishvili said at a news conference that...
  • Threat Matrix: July 2008

    07/02/2008 7:02:59 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 1,101 replies · 9,633+ views
    Al-Qaeda Draws New Recruits Via Internet Al-Qaeda is using the Internet to recruit vulnerable young people to its terrorist network, according to a programme aired on Saudi Arabian TV late on Tuesday. Umm Osama, the founder of al-Qaeda's first women-only website, al-Khansa, joined several others on the programme to discuss how they renounced jihadist ideology. Among those who sought a response to this question was an imam from the Medina mosque, Saleh Ibn Awad al-Mudamsi, and the father of a young al-Qaeda suspect held in an Iraqi prison. Read More Qaeda Targets U.S. Oil Interests in North Africa U.S....
  • US 'planned to test nerve gas on diggers'

    07/05/2008 3:52:37 AM PDT · by Baron OBeef Dip · 35 replies · 370+ views
    National Nine News ^ | July 5, 2008 | Ross Coulthart
    Top secret US military plans to test deadly nerve gas by dropping it on soldiers in a remote Queensland rainforest during the Cold War have been uncovered in Australian Government archives. Newly declassified Australian Defence Department and Prime Minister’s office files show that the United States was strongly pushing the Government for tests on Australian soil of two of the most deadly chemical weapons ever developed, VX and GB — better known as Sarin — nerve gas. The plan, which is disclosed for the first time on tomorrow’s SUNDAY program on Nine, called for 200 mainly Australian combat troops to...
  • 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...
  • Nukes strange doings in Syria [Charles Krauthammer]

    09/23/2007 11:00:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies · 213+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | September 23, 2007 | Charles Krauthammer
    <p>On Sept. 6, something important happened in northern Syria. Problem is, no one knows exactly what. Except for those few who were involved, and they're not saying.</p> <p>We do know that Israel carried out an airstrike. How then do we know it was important? Because in Israel, where leaking is an art form, even the best-informed don't have a clue. They tell me they have never seen a better-kept secret. Which suggests that whatever happened near Dayr az Zawr was no accidental intrusion into Syrian airspace, no dry run for an attack on Iran, no strike on some conventional target such as an Iranian Revolutionary Guard base or a weapons shipment on its way to Hezbollah in Lebanon.</p>
  • 'Dozens died in Syrian-Iranian chemical weapons experiment' (WMD Iran-Syria)

    09/18/2007 11:56:25 AM PDT · by mojito · 192 replies · 3,981+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 9/18/2007 | Staff
    <p>Proof of cooperation between Iran and Syria in the proliferation and development of weapons of mass destruction was brought to light Monday in a Jane's Magazine report that dozens of Iranian engineers and 15 Syrian officers were killed in a July 23 accident in Syria.</p>
  • Nerve gas stored at United Nations not completely reassuring

    09/01/2007 9:48:48 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 49 replies · 887+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | September 01 2007
    Okay, you can come out from under the bed now. The United Nations says the nerve gas stored - unmarked and unidentified - in one of its offices for about 10 years posed "no immediate risk or danger." Neither were "toxic vapors" found in the air. Is this not completely reassuring? No one seems to know why the stuff - believed to be phosgene, which killed a lot of folks back in World War I and, due to Saddam Hussein, more recently in Kurdish villages - was at UN headquarters instead of locked away in a lab. Apparently it had...
  • Nerve Gas Scare at U.N. Headquarters

    08/30/2007 9:26:05 AM PDT · by farlander · 210 replies · 6,909+ views
    <p>ABC reported on their website blog about 20 min ago that United Nations weapons inspectors discovered six to eight vials of a dangerous nerve gas, phosgene, as they were cleaning out offices at a U.N. building in New York this morning, federal authorities tell the Blotter on ABCNews.com. The federal authorities said the office, in a U.N. building near headquarters, was being evacuated and the White House had been notified at 10 a.m. New York police and fire officials said federal authorities had not notified them of any problem at the U.N. building, as of 11 a.m. A U.N. spokesperson said a statement would be issued shortly.</p>
  • Nerve Gas Scare at U.N. Headquarters

    08/30/2007 9:26:37 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 18 replies · 1,323+ views
    Nerve gas found at UN.
  • Nerve gas plants dormant but deadly (interesting)

    08/13/2002 9:00:02 PM PDT · by knak · 3 replies · 174+ views
    By Tim Ripley NEW satellite images of an Iraqi nerve gas plant show that the site has been rebuilt after being bombed by the United States, but there seems to be little sign that production of chemical weapons is under way. The site, named Fallujah I, some 38 miles north-west of Baghdad, is one of three similar facilities built in the late 1980s around the town of Habbaniyah to mass-produce elements, known as precursors, of the nerve gases used in the Iran-Iraq war and against the Kurds in 1988 and 1991. Images taken by an American company, DigitalGlobe, and published...
  • 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>
  • US 'misread Saddam's order'

    03/14/2006 2:59:01 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 80 replies · 2,610+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 15 March 2006
    US intelligence analysts misunderstood intercepted Iraqi communications, believing the orders were meant to deceive UN weapons inspectors searching for chemical or biological agents, a new report says. Instead, the conversation between two Iraqi Republican Guard Corps commanders that included the order to remove reference to "nerve agents" from "wireless" communications was intended to ensure the regime was in compliance with international demands to disarm, the Foreign Affairs magazine reported in its online edition this week. That conversation was intercepted by the United States in 2002. The article was based on a recently declassified US Joint Forces Command report assessing Iraqi...
  • 2001 Top Secret Document: Production of Prohibited Nerve Gas Detectors (Translation)

    05/01/2006 1:05:30 PM PDT · by jveritas · 77 replies · 10,199+ views
    Saddam Regime Document CMPC-2003-016083 dated in 2001 contains a series of Top Secret memos that address the production of Nerve Gas Detectors which was prohibited by the United Nations resolutions concerning Iraq according to the document itself. The importance of the production of the Nerve Gas Detector is shown by the top secret letters exchange between the Presidential Office and the head of the Iraqi Military Industrialization Commission (M.I.C). This documents is yet another indication that Saddam Regime never stopped his WMD programs, and the nerve Gas Detector which some can see it a “defensive in nature” is not to...
  • Poisonings at Chechen School Investigated

    01/13/2006 8:44:09 PM PST · by struwwelpeter · 16 replies · 2,111+ views
    Novaya Gazeta ^ | January 12th, 2006 | Anna Politkovskaya
    Original Title: MAKE THE DIAGNOSIS CLASSIFIED. CONSIDER THE PATIENTS TO BE FAKING The preliminary documents concerning the mass poisoning in Chechnya have been confiscated, and physicians are compelled to choose between the Hippocratic Oath and a non-disclosure agreement.                      Throughout December there were reports of mass poisonings at schools in the Chechen region of Shelkovsk. Just before the New Year's holidays, a government commission which was created in order to 'determine the causes and liquidate the results' of the events there published its official verdict: no need to worry, there were no poisonings, but a mass psychosis due...
  • Russia: As Chechen Illness Spreads, Authorities Remain Baffled By Mystery 'Poisoning'

    12/23/2005 12:01:13 AM PST · by jb6 · 11 replies · 959+ views
    Radio Free Europe ^ | Thursday, 22 December 2005
    More than 70 people -- most of them schoolchildren, and all but a handful of them girls -- have now been affected by a mysterious ailment in an eastern district of Russia's war-torn republic of Chechnya. During the past week, residents have been struck by sudden bouts of tremors, nausea, and shortness of breath. Some doctors have reported incidents of psychotic episodes, with patients experiencing panic attacks or mania. Some regional authorities have said the illness is suggestive of nerve-gas poisoning. But toxicologists have reportedly found no evidence to substantiate the claim. RFE/RL reports on what may be behind Chechnya's...
  • More than 35 hospitalized in Chechnya in suspected nerve-gas poisoning

    12/20/2005 5:32:23 AM PST · by milford421 · 40 replies · 962+ views
    MIPT website - Associated Press ^ | 12/20/05 | milford421
    "More than 35 people, most of them children, in the Russian republic of Chechnya have been hospitalized with illness that preliminary diagnosis indicates could be nerve-gas poisoning, officials said Tuesday. The ill include pupils, teachers and workers at a middle school in the town of Starogladovskaya, according to Vladimir Gerasin, a spokesman for the Ministry of Emergency Situations' office for southern Russia."
  • Water spill halts VX destruction in Ind.

    10/30/2005 10:55:36 AM PST · by kingattax · 1 replies · 262+ views
    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...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 29 replies · 301+ views
    JINSA ^ | June 4, 2004 | Jonathan Howland
    U.S. military forces have discovered a smuggling ring moving copious quantities of explosives and weapons from Iraq to terrorist training camps constructed by the Saddam Hussein regime inside Syria prior to Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). The Pentagon also announced that the structure bombed by U.S. warplanes last week, described by many major media outlets as a wedding celebration at a private ranching operation, was actually a "dormitory-like" facility used as a "safe house" to facilitate the clandestine movement of foreign terrorists into Iraq from Syria. According to Pentagon officials, small arms, explosives, and bomb making materials are being removed from...
  • Nerve gas attack thwarted

    08/21/2005 8:04:16 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 8 replies · 781+ views
    news.com.au ^ | 22 August 2005 | David Leppard
    SCOTLAND Yard believes it has thwarted an al-Qaeda nerve gas attack aimed at ministers and MPs in the British Parliament. The plot, hatched last year, is understood to have been discovered in coded emails on computers seized from terror suspects in Britain and Pakistan. Police and MI5 later identified an al-Qaeda cell that had carried out extensive research and video-recorded reconnaissance missions in preparation for the terror attack. The encrypted emails are said to have been decoded with the assistance of an al-Qaeda "supergrass". By revealing the terrorists' code, he was also able to help MI5 and GCHQ - the...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 49 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson FrontPageMagazine.com | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • Cryptic Al Qaeda Tapes Hinted at Attacks

    05/29/2002 10:46:33 PM PDT · by kattracks · 1 replies · 541+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5/30/02 | JOHN TAGLIABUE
    ARIS, May 29 — Italian and German investigators have disclosed fresh information suggesting that hints of an attack involving aircraft and the United States were more widespread among European law enforcement agencies before Sept. 11 than previously suspected.The disclosures come after weeks in which the Bush administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which announced a shake-up today, have come under sharp criticism that they did not pay sufficient heed to signs of Al Qaeda plots in the United States that may have alerted them to the Sept. 11 attacks.A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman said today that before Sept....
  • The trial of 'Chemical Ali'

    12/19/2004 10:21:35 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 2 replies · 453+ views
    Washington Times ^ | December 20, 2004 | Editorials/Op-Ed section
    On March 16, 1988, 5,000 residents of Halabja, a Kurdish city in eastern Iraq, were killed and 10,000 injured when Saddam Hussein's army attacked with chemical weapons -- perhaps the largest-scale use of such weapons against a civilian population in modern times. That morning, Iraqi Air Force planes bombed the city with a lethal chemical cocktail of mustard gas and sarin, tabun and VX nerve agents. Two days ago, the man accused of overseeing the attack, Gen. Ali Hasan al-Majid, also known as Chemical Ali, appeared before a judicial tribunal in Baghdad. He is likely to go on trial next...
  • Dutch to prosecute man for allegedly supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals [Halabja]

    12/07/2004 4:20:15 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 36 replies · 2,560+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 12-07-04 | Toby Sterling
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Prosecutors said on Tuesday they will charge a Dutch chemicals dealer as an accomplice to genocide for supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals used in the 1988 chemical attack on a Kurdish town that killed an estimated 5,000 civilians. Wim de Bruin of the national prosecutor's office said the suspect, who was arrested in Amsterdam on Monday, will face charges ''for violating the laws of war and involvement in genocide.'' Prosecutors said Frans van Anraat, a 62-year-old chemicals dealer, had been a suspect since 1989, when he was arrested in Milan, Italy, at the request of the...
  • Dutchman suspected of aiding Saddam in war crimes is arrested

    A MAN suspected of helping former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein commit war crimes and genocide by supplying him with materials for chemical weapons, has been arrested by the Netherlands authorities. Prosecutors said the 62-year-old man, identified as Frans van Anraat by Dutch television, was arrested at his Amsterdam home on Monday as he prepared to leave the Netherlands. "According to the United Nations, the Dutchman is one of the most important middlemen in Iraq’s acquisition of chemical material," Dutch prosecutors said in a statement. "The man is suspected of supplying thousands of tonnes of raw materials for chemical weapons between...
  • Utah Workers Not Exposed to VX Agent

    11/12/2004 4:49:56 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 1 replies · 239+ views
    KSL 1160 Radio ^ | 12 November 2004 | AP
    Eight workers at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility have been medically cleared after tests showed they were not exposed to chemical agents. (Nov 12, 2004) -- STOCKTON, Utah (AP) -- A scare for eight workers at the Tooele Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Stockton. Tests show the workers were not exposed to chemical agents. That word today from officials at the Deseret Chemical Depot. The workers were given medical evaluations for possible exposure to VX nerve agent. Those were conducted after entries into the toxic area were suspended last Tuesday with the discovery of a contaminated breathing air supply...
  • Allies Find Signs of Iraq's Chemical Preparedness [but UN found "NOTHING" at Al Qa Qaa in April 2003

    10/25/2004 12:05:44 PM PDT · by OXENinFLA · 118 replies · 7,932+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 4-4-03 | AP
    As the military advances closer to Baghdad, signs of Iraqi chemical preparedness are multiplying, although there is still no conclusive evidence Saddam Hussein's regime possesses weapons of mass destruction. On Friday, troops at a training facility in the western Iraqi desert came across a bottle labeled "tabun" -- a nerve gas and chemical weapon Iraq is banned from possessing. Closer to Baghdad, troops at Iraq's largest military industrial complex found nerve agent antidotes, documents describing chemical warfare and a white powder that appeared to be used for explosives. U.N. weapons inspectors went repeatedly to the vast al Qa Qaa complex...