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  • Syrian Regime Did Not Relinquish All Chemical Weapons, U.S. Intelligence Officials Say

    07/25/2015 1:52:47 PM PDT · by lbryce · 5 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | July 24, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    One year after the Obama administration celebrated the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that Bashar al-Assad’s regime did not relinquish all of its chemical weapons. The Wall Street Journal reported: An examination of last year’s international effort to rid Syria of chemical weapons, based on interviews with many of the inspectors and U.S. and European officials who were involved, shows the extent to which the Syrian regime controlled where inspectors went, what they saw and, in turn, what they accomplished. That happened in large part because of the ground rules under which the inspectors...
  • Assad Targets Civilians, Hospitals Amid Defeats in Syrian War

    06/18/2015 10:00:52 AM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 18, 2015 | Daniel Wiser
    The Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad is systematically targeting civilians and hospitals, often with chemical weapons, to reverse recent setbacks in the country’s civil war, witnesses told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Assad’s forces have suffered a number of battlefield defeats in recent months, with the Islamic State and the al Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra gaining ground north of the capital Damascus and more moderate rebel groups achieving victories in the south. The Syrian army has also lost about half of its soldiers throughout the course of the four-year civil war and has increasingly relied on outside militant...
  • Need Help finding an article: Inventions by White Men

    01/24/2015 11:10:28 AM PST · by Maceman · 72 replies
    A while back (I think within the past three months) there was a very interesting article posted here about inventions by white men. I have not had any luck finding it through FR search. Does anyone remember it? Does anyone have it? Can anyone post a link to it? Thanks.
  • Germany Agrees to Help Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons

    01/09/2014 3:59:12 PM PST · by lbryce · 11 replies
    BBC News ^ | January 9, 2014 | Staff
    Germany is joining international efforts to destroy Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons, the foreign and defence ministries have announced. The decision is in response to a request for help from the UN and OPCW, co-ordinators of the destruction plan. Ministers said waste from the destroyed weapons would be burned at a government facility in the town of Muenster in line with environmental regulations.
  • Putin: 'Can't Say 100 Percent' Assad Will Give Up Chemical Weapons

    09/19/2013 1:45:23 PM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    NewsMax ^ | September 19, 2013 | Staff
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said he isn’t “100 percent” certain that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will fulfill his commitment to give up chemical weapons. Putin’s comments today may indicate that Russia, Syria’s arms provider and ally, harbors doubts about Assad’s reliability, though less so than the U.S., which has demanded a quick and intrusive process to prevent the use of Syria’s chemical arsenal and to test whether the Syrian leader will give it up. Putin said Syria has taken “practical steps” by joining the Chemical Weapons Convention barring such arms and it now faces a disarmament process under a U.S.-Russia...
  • Can Syria’s Chemical Arsenal Be Destroyed?

    09/18/2013 2:58:22 AM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2013 | Staff
    The administration’s plans for a missile attack to punish the Assad regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons has been frozen after Russia and Syria proposed international inspection, removal and destruction of the arsenal. But is such a plan realistic? Could Syria’s chemical weapons be found and eliminated? Six of the Slimes Most Obsequious Obama Apologists Explain What They Know Not A Wit Of What They Speak Of Chemical Agents Could Be Secured Quickly Dieter Rothbacher, Former inspector Logistical Problems Couldn’t Be Overcome Now Emily Chorley, IHS Jane's Andrew S. Weiss Russia Must Agree to an Enforcement Mechanism Andrew S. Weiss...
  • Obama Hails Syrian Pact, Calling It a Crucial Step

    09/15/2013 7:54:31 AM PDT · by lbryce · 22 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 15, 2013 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama on Sunday hailed the agreement reached with Russia over the weekend to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons as a “foundation” that could eventually lead to a political settlement of the civil war that has gripped that nation and killed tens of thousands of people over the last two years. Mr. Obama said the United States was in a “better position” to prevent President Bashar al-Assad of Syria from using poison gas again because of the deal hammered out by Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Sergey Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister. “Look, we’re not there yet,”...
  • The Syrian Chemical Weapons Deal Is Nothing More Than A Face-Saving Stalling Tactic

    09/14/2013 5:14:33 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies | September 14, 2013 | Chris Murphy
    The U.S. and Russia have reached a deal to hand over Assad's chemical weapons stockpiles to the international community for their removal and destruction. This move allows the U.S. to save face, and it has at least temporarily postponed a U.S. military attack on Syria. But the Syria problem is obviously far from solved. In all likelihood, the complete removal and destruction of chemical weapons is a pipe dream.
  • ‘Gas Attack May Not Have Gotten Assad’s Go-Ahead

    09/08/2013 9:40:28 AM PDT · by lbryce · 23 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | September 8, 2013 | Aaaron Kalman/AP
    yrian soldiers may have used chemical weapons in a recent lethal attack without receiving permission from President Bashar Assad, the German paper Bild am Sonntag reported Sunday as the US pushed on with efforts to rally support for a military strike against Syria. The paper said that Germany’s intelligence services had intercepted a number of radio transmissions over the past four months, in which officers had asked Assad for permission to use gas — and had always been turned down. It said the requests had come from brigade and division commanders, and that most of the communications were intercepted by...
  • Obama Hits Golf Course After Announcing National Emergency

    09/01/2013 7:25:36 AM PDT · by lbryce · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 31, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    President Obama and Vice-President Biden held a rare press event Saturday in the Rose Garden to address the escalating tensions with Syria. President Obama said he was convinced Syrian President Bashir Assad had ordered a chemical weapon attack on his citizens and that the US, and the world community, must act in response. Obama called on Congress to authorize a military attack against Syria. A new foreign policy crisis now faces the US. After the press event, Obama and Biden went golfing. I'm not an expert in foreign policy, but I can think of a few things a President ought...
  • Blasts in the Night, a Smell, and a Flood of Syrian Victims (Excruciating Details of Victims)

    08/27/2013 12:23:45 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Thousands of sick and dying Syrians had flooded the hospitals in the Damascus suburbs before dawn, hours after the first rockets landed, their bodies convulsing and mouths foaming. Their vision was blurry and many could not breathe. Overwhelmed doctors worked frantically, jabbing their patients with injections of their only antidote, atropine, hoping to beat back the assault on the nervous system waged by suspected chemical agents. In just a few hours, as the patients poured in, the atropine ran out. To avoid contamination, medics stripped new arrivals down to their underwear and doused them with water before taking them inside....
  • Afghan girls hospitalized in apparent poisoning (gas attack)

    04/25/2010 2:41:23 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 11 replies · 473+ views
    MSNBC ^ | May 12, 2009 | AP
    At least 84 Afghan Schoolgirls Suffer Headaches and Vomiting. CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - At least 84 Afghan schoolgirls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said. The students were lining up outside their school in northeastern Afghanistan on Tuesday morning when a strange odor filled the school yard, and one girl collapsed, said the school's principal, who was herself in a hospital bed gasping for breath as she described the event. "We took her inside and splashed water on her face,"...
  • Al Qaeda sleeper agent gets 8 years, not 15 as prosecutors had sought

    10/30/2009 3:34:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 605+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | Staff
    Peoria, Ill. - A federal judge sentenced an Al Qaeda "sleeper" agent to eight years in prison Thursday -- about half the time prosecutors had requested -- because the agent received what the judge called "unacceptable" treatment in a U.S. Navy brig. U.S. District Judge Michael Mihm could have sentenced Ali Marri to as much as 15 years. Prosecutors had endorsed that, presenting testimony that he remained a threat. But Mihm handed down the lighter sentence of eight years and four months in consideration of what he called "very severe" conditions under which Marri was kept during the almost six...
  • Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda

    04/30/2009 5:10:56 PM PDT · by Cindy · 15 replies · 1,627+ views
    US - Press Release ^ | April 30, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Ali Al-Marri Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Al-Qaeda Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, 43, a dual national of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaeda. Al-Marri entered his guilty plea at a hearing this afternoon before Judge Michael M. Mihm in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois. In so doing, al-Marri admitted that he agreed with others to provide material support or resources to al-Qaeda in the form of personnel, including himself, to work under al-Qaeda’s...
  • Saddam Hussein's cousin, "Chemical Ali" gets another death sentence

    01/18/2010 3:03:32 AM PST · by Scanian · 3 replies · 325+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 17, 2010 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    BAGHDAD — Saddam Hussein's notorious cousin "Chemical Ali" was convicted Sunday of crimes against humanity and received a death sentence for his involvement in a poison gas attack on Halabja. Families of some victims in court cheered when the guilty verdict against Ali Hassan al-Majid was handed down in a trial over one of the worst poisonous gas attacks against civilians. He has already received previous death sentences for atrocities committed during Saddam's rule, particularly in the government's suppression of the Kurds in the late 1980s. Other officials in Saddam's regime received jail terms for their roles in the 1988...
  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts

    12/03/2005 10:08:47 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 8 replies · 759+ views
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent 7 minutes ago He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • Three Chlorine Gas Attacks Kill 2 Officers and Wound 350 in Anbar Province

    03/17/2007 7:20:59 PM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 14 replies · 927+ views
    New York Times ^ | 3/17/07 | KIRK SEMPLE
    BAGHDAD, Sunday, March 18 — Three suicide bombers driving trucks loaded with explosives and tanks of chlorine gas detonated their payloads in Anbar Province on Friday, killing at least two Iraqi police officers and wounding or sickening more than 350 people, the American military command said Saturday. Police and hospital officials, however, said that as many as eight people had been killed. Insurgents began combining explosives with chlorine gas and other chemicals in January in an effort to sow more fear and havoc among civilians, military officials say.
  • Dutch police say daughter of chemical magnate taken

    09/14/2005 2:27:46 AM PDT · by happinesswithoutpeace · 4 replies · 500+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 13, 2005 | ARTHUR MAX
    AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - Armed men broke into an upscale Amsterdam home and kidnapped the daughter of a millionaire whose fortune came from selling chemicals, including to Iraq in the 1980s, police said Tuesday. Her children were left unharmed. Police said the gunmen stormed into the home of Claudia Melchers, 37, late Monday and took her away. They said they were treating it as a kidnapping. Melchers, who runs a catering company, is the daughter of Hans Melchers, who owns Melchemie Holland, which supplied chemicals to Iraq in the 1980s. It was unclear whether the kidnapping was related to the company's...
  • Iraq - Saddam Hussein trial on charges of genocide against Kurds begins

    08/21/2006 1:06:30 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 48 replies · 1,368+ views
    AP News Alert | August 21, 2006
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Saddam Hussein's trial on charges of genocide in connection with a crackdown on Kurds has begun. MORE...
  • 24 New Terror Plots Probed (Birmingham plot in 2000 w cyanide revealed)

    08/14/2006 8:42:28 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 994+ views
    UK Mirror ^ | Aug. 14, 2006 | Jeff Edwards And Rosa Prince
    MUSLIM terrorists are plotting a further 24 bombing outrages in the UK, Home Secretary John Reid confirmed yesterday. And he warned: "There may be more that we don't know about at all." He added that since the 7/7 attacks "four major plots have been thwarted". But he denied involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan had made Britain a target. He said: "We now think the first al-Qaeda plot preceded our intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan and actually preceded 9/11. "It was in Birmingham back in 2000." Police said terror cells are stockpiling a range of weapons, including bombs which spray cyanide...
  • Exclusive Book Excerpt: How an Al-Qaeda Cell Planned a Poison-gas Attack on the N.Y. Subway

    06/18/2006 4:56:07 AM PDT · by tomnbeverly · 56 replies · 1,145+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | June 17, 2006 | Ron Suskind
    Al-Qaeda terrorists came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas similar to that used in Nazi death camps. They were stopped not by any intelligence breakthrough, but by an order from Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri. And the U.S. learned of the plot from a CIA mole inside al-Qaeda. These are some of the more startling revelations by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind, whose new book The One Percent Doctrine is excerpted in the forthcoming issue of TIME. It will appear on early Sunday morning. U.S. intelligence got its first inkling...
  • How an Al Qaeda cell planned a poison gas attack on a NY subway

    06/17/2006 2:35:12 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 73 replies · 3,560+ views
    Time .com ^ | 06-17-06 | Ron Suskind
    Exclusive Book Excerpt: How an Al-Qaeda Cell Planned a Poison-gas Attack on the N.Y. Subway The plot was called off by Bin Laden's No. 2 only 45 days from zero hour, according to a new book by Ron Suskind SUBSCRIBE TO TIMEPRINTE-MAILMORE BY AUTHORRelated Blogs: Click here for blog postings from around the web that are related to the topic of this article. Posted Saturday, Jun. 17, 2006 Al-Qaeda terrorists came within 45 days of attacking the New York subway system with a lethal gas similar to that used in Nazi death camps. They were stopped not by any intelligence...
  • Gas Sickens 78 in Russia

    12/27/2005 7:40:12 PM PST · by mastercylinder · 3 replies · 242+ views,2933,179741,00.html ^ | Monday, December 26, 2005 | Associated Press
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia  — A gas attack in a home-supply store on one of the busiest shopping days of the year sickened scores of people in an incident that police called likely motivated by a commercial dispute or blackmail attempt. Boxes containing timers wired to glass vials were discovered at the scene of the attack and three other stores in the same chain in Russia's second-largest city.
  • Gas capsules with timers found in Russian store-(nerve gas)

    12/26/2005 10:55:53 AM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 837+ views
    Agence France-Presse. ^ | 12/26/2005 09:35 | na
    SAINT PETERSBURG (AFP) - Gas capsules with timers attached were found in stores in Saint Petersburg, the Russian city where dozens of people fell ill after inhaling an unknown gas that spread through a store, officials said. "The devices that were discovered consisted of capsules of gas with a strong garlicky smell. Clocks set to the current time were attached," a spokesman for the Federal Security Service in Saint Petersburg told AFP on Monday. Only in one of the three stores, all belonging to the Maksidom chain, did a capsule release gas, officials said. Dozens of people felt sick after...
  • Tests Confirm Sarin Gas in Baghdad Bomb

    05/25/2004 1:48:13 PM PDT · by Eurotwit · 223 replies · 761+ views
    AP ^ | Tue, May 25, 2004 | JOHN J. LUMPKIN
    WASHINGTON - Comprehensive testing has confirmed the presence of the chemical weapon sarin in the remains of a roadside bomb discovered this month in Baghdad, a defense official said Tuesday. The determination, made by a laboratory in the United States that the official would not identify, verifies what earlier, less-thorough field tests had found: the bomb was made from an artillery shell designed to disperse the deadly nerve agent on the battlefield. The origin of the shell remains unclear, and finding that out is a priority for the U.S. military, the defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity....
  • Attack in Russia poisons shoppers

    12/26/2005 4:53:18 AM PST · by rhainw · 92 replies · 8,013+ views
    Sky News UK ^ | 26-12-2005 | SKY NEWS
    At least 78 people have become ill in a gas attack on a store in St Petersburg, Russia. Dozens of people, suffering breathing difficulties and sickness, have been taken to hospital. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the shop, belonging to the Maksidom chain, was among four stores targeted. The mystery gas was released in one of the four stores, the Federal Security Service said. Employees in the three other stores found boxes with wires and timers, but had managed to dispose of them. The stores specialise in home goods. More to follow...
  • Russia Shoppers 'Poisoned' by Gas

    12/26/2005 4:57:03 AM PST · by kristinn · 48 replies · 1,889+ views
    BBC ^ | Monday, December 26, 2005
    Dozens of people have been taken to hospital after an unidentified gas was released in a trading centre in the Russian city of St Petersburg. The Russian emergency situations ministry said the incident happened in at least one of the shops belonging to the Maksidom chain. The victims were reportedly "poisoned" after breathing in the gas. Details about the late morning incident in Russia's second-largest city are still coming in.
  • Musharraf regime accused of using poison gas on civilians in Balochistan

    12/23/2005 10:39:21 PM PST · by Dyaus Pitar · 16 replies · 413+ views
    Another Saddam in the making. Balochis happen to be ethnic minorities in Pakistan/Iran border. They seemed to be asking for some autonomy, and then this happens: 1) 2) (same report, Pakistani source) Excerpt: The opposition demanded an end to the military operation in Balochistan, saying the issue should be resolved politically. Also, senators belonging to the nationalist parties of Balochistan accused the military of using poison gas in Kohlu and of carpet-bombing civilians in the area. --- Kurds had to wait for 15+ years for justice. Let's hope the proximity of the Musharraf Regime with Washington prevents further...
  • Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts (And Me Too)

    12/03/2005 5:15:21 PM PST · by PerConPat · 17 replies · 1,037+ views
    Las Vegas Sun (AP) ^ | Nov. 03, '05 | Charles J. Hanley
    Obscure al-Qaida Chemist Worries Experts By CHARLES J. HANLEY ASSOCIATED PRESS ALEXANDRIA, Egypt (AP) - He's a mystery in a red beard, with a strange alias and a degree in chemical engineering. In the hands of this alleged al-Qaida operative, it's a specialty that summons visions of poison gas and mass terror. Al-Qaida is "wedded to the spectacular," notes U.S. counterterrorism analyst Donald Van Duyn, and elusive Egyptian chemist Midhat Mursi was said to be exploring such possibilities when last seen, brewing up deadly compounds and gassing dogs in Afghanistan. Van Duyn's FBI and other U.S. agencies are interested enough...
  • Jordan Airs Confessions of Al-Qaida Suspects Who Allegedly Planned Bomb and Poison Gas (Nerve Gas)

    04/26/2004 2:16:04 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 51 replies · 520+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 26, 2004 | Jamal Halaby
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - Al-Qaida plotted bombings and poison gas attacks against the U.S. Embassy and other targets in Jordan, two conspirators said in a confession aired Monday on Jordanian state television. Azmi al-Jayousi, identified as the head of the Jordanian cell of al-Qaida, appeared Monday in a 20-minute taped program and described meeting Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi in neighboring Iraq to plan the foiled plot. A commentator said the plotters wanted to kill "80,000" Jordanians and had targeted the prime minister's office, intelligence headquarters and the U.S. Embassy. Another Jordanian suspect, car mechanic Hussein Sharif Hussein, was shown saying...

    05/05/2005 7:19:44 PM PDT · by kristinn · 11 replies · 493+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Friday, May 6, 2005 | Chris Stephen
    A Chechen rebel plot to attack several Russian cities with bombs and poison gas has been foiled, security forces said yesterday, four days before world leaders gather in Moscow for war victory celebrations. The Federal Security Service said it had discovered both a lorry-bomb and a cache of poisons, allegedly intended for chemical attacks in cities across the North Caucasus and other Russian regions. The discoveries, both made by chance, highlighted Russia’s anxiety that the high-profile celebrations marking the Soviet Second World War victory over Nazi Germany could be disrupted by Chechen attacks. Moscow has been flooded with thousands of...
  • Prime Minister of Georgia Republic found dead in apartment

    02/02/2005 10:16:32 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 114 replies · 4,202+ views
    DERNIERE MINUTE: 07h01 - the Prime Minister géorgien was found died in an apartment in Tbilissi Zourab Jvania discovered was died, apparently poisoned with gas, in the apartment of a friend in whom it was, announced the Minister of Interior Department géorgien, Nano Merabihvili.(AFP)
  • 2nd Terror Group in Italy Jailed

    03/04/2002 1:58:49 AM PST · by kattracks · 4 replies · 440+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3/04/02 | NEWS WIRE SERVICES
    ROME Italian investigators are looking into a second ring of suspected terrorists who may have been plotting a chemical weapons assault on Rome. An Algerian, a Pakistani, a Tunisian and three Iraqis were arrested in early morning raids Friday. A group of Moroccans was arrested last month with a map of the U.S. Embassy and large quantities of a cyanide compound that experts say could have been turned into a deadly gas. The ring busted Friday is thought to be completely independent of the Moroccans, officials said, although both likely have ties to Al Qaeda's network of terror. Investigators said ...
  • East Texas man with cyanide cache gets 11 years

    05/05/2004 1:31:46 PM PDT · by weegee · 5 replies · 307+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 5, 2004, 6:43AM | By THOMAS KOROSEC
    TYLER -- An itinerate gun dealer caught with a cache of poison gas, machine guns and other weapons in an East Texas storage facility was sentenced Tuesday to more than 11 years in federal prison. But William J. Krar's motives, and those of his common-law wife, Judith Bruey, remain unknown to federal officials, who cast the case as a victory against domestic terrorism. "To the extent there was any plot to use these weapons, that plot was thwarted," said U.S. Attorney Matthew Orwig of the Eastern District of Texas. The couple has given only limited statements to investigators since their...
  • Foiled Jordan Attack Not Chemical -'Qaeda Tape' (BS Alert)

    04/30/2004 12:46:05 AM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 11 replies · 159+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 30, 2004 03:31 AM ET | Staff
    DUBAI (Reuters) - An audio tape purportedly from suspected al Qaeda operative Abu Musab al-Zarqawi said his group had planned to attack Jordanian intelligence but denied Amman's accusation that chemical attacks were planned. The tape, broadcast by Arab satellite television Al Arabiya on Friday, accused Jordanian authorities of lying and of extracting "false" confessions from militants under torture. Jordanian state television has aired what it said were confessions by captured militants linked to al Qaeda who said they had planned chemical attacks in Jordan, a key U.S. ally, that could have killed thousands of people
  • Officials: Group Plotted Jordan Attacks

    04/18/2004 8:01:41 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 21 replies · 778+ views
    MYWAY ^ | Apr 18,2004 | JAMAL HALABY
    AMMAN, Jordan (AP) - An al-Qaida-linked terrorist cell recently dismantled in Jordan was plotting to detonate a chemical bomb capable of killing thousands of people and to attack the U.S. Embassy and prime minister's office with poison gas, officials said Saturday. Officials close to the investigation told The Associated Press that several terror suspects arrested in Jordan last month have confessed the plots were hatched by Jordanian militant Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi, thought to be a close associate of al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the terrorist cell was planning to attack Jordan's secret service...
  • Foiled Al Qaeda Attackers Caught Red-Handed with WMDs

    04/17/2004 3:38:17 PM PDT · by musical_airman · 73 replies · 735+ views ^ | 4/17/04 | News Max
    Saturday, Apr. 17, 2004 11:23 AM EDT Foiled Al Qaeda Attackers Caught Red-Handed with WMDs Two members of an al Qaeda cell connected to top terror master Abu Musab al-Zarqawi have been caught in Jordan with chemical weapons and poisonous gas for a planned attack that Jordanian officials say would have killed up to 20,000 people. The officials told the London-based newspaper al-Hayat on Friday that the al Qaeda plotters planned to launch a WMD attack against a Jordanian Military Intelligence installation, the US embassy in Amman and a government building in the country. According to the Israeli newspaper Maariv,...
  • UK: Poison gas attack plot foiled

    04/06/2004 12:37:17 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 145+ views
    icNewcastle ^ | April 06 2004
    Police and the security services have foiled a terrorist plot to launch a poison gas attack in Britain. A plan to use a highly toxic chemical called osmium tetroxide was uncovered after communications between terror suspects were monitored. The chemical compound, which can be bought on the internet for £17 a gram, causes victims to choke to death in agony and turns skin black. It also attacks the cornea and can lead to blindness. Anti-terror chiefs fear the target for an attack could have been the London Underground system, Gatwick airport or a crowded public area like a shopping centre....
  • 'Very Nasty’ Potential Bomb Plot Involved Deadly Chemical [UK]

    04/05/2004 4:29:34 PM PDT · by aculeus · 67 replies · 533+ views ^ | April 5, 2004 | Brian Ross and Christopher Isham
    Aril 5— British authorities believe terror suspects arrested last week were planning to make a bomb that would include a highly toxic, easily obtained chemical called osmium tetroxide, ABCNEWS has learned. Used primarily in laboratories for research, osmium tetroxide is known to attack soft human tissue and could blind or kill anyone who breathed its fumes. According to the New Jersey Department of Health, it is a colorless to pale yellow solid with a strong, unpleasant odor. "It's a nasty piece of work," said Dave Siegrist, a bioterrorism expert at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies in Arlington, Va. "It...
  • Terrorists may use Pens filled with poison gases

    03/03/2004 7:06:24 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 109 replies · 959+ views
    FOXNews ^ | March 3, 2004 | FoxNews Breaking News
    FoxNews obtained an FBI bulletin, which warns law enforcement, that terrorists may use pens, where instead of the cartridge, they have small cannisters filled with poison gas, such as cyanide, ricin, etc. They found one such weapon on an Islamic terrorist. Not on the website yet.
  • DFU SONG: Mandy (utterly shameless Hillary sings to Saddam)

    02/28/2004 9:15:44 AM PST · by doug from upland · 10 replies · 410+ views
    DFU SONG PARODIES | 2-2004 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland MIDI- MANDY I'll remember all my life...though you caused a bit of strife You're a ladies man...they loved you so They would wave and smile wherever you'd go Because, you gave them equality...that's the way it ought to be Caught up in a world of poison little mistake...and it will be passing Oh, were good for the female Iraqis...but you're not there today Oh, Saddam...your sons Uday and Qusay were NOW guys...but Bush blew them away...oh, Saddam VRWC struck...and then you had run out of luck I don't understand...Bush wanted you There was not a thing I...
  • Feds probe poison-gas plot (Domestic)

    12/02/2003 4:29:38 PM PST · by tmp02 · 45 replies · 251+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 12/2/2003 | WorldNetDaily
    HOMELAND INSECURITY Feds probe poison-gas plot Suspects nabbed with stockpile of cyanide, weapons cache -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: December 2, 2003 5:16 p.m. Eastern © 2003 The discovery of a sodium cyanide bomb, a stockpile of components needed to make other chemical weapons and a cache of illegal arms has led to the arrests of three suspected domestic terrorists and prompted a nationwide hunt for possible co-conspirators who could be plotting a mass-casualty attack somewhere in the United States. KTVT-TV, the CBS affiliate in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, reports federal agents have served hundreds of subpoenas across the country in the counterterrorism...
  • Riyadh denies US access to Saudi suspect with knowledge of NYC poison gas plot

    09/08/2003 12:31:27 PM PDT · by Prodigal Son · 17 replies · 466+ views
    al Bawaba ^ | September 8, 2003
    Saudis have denied US officials access to several suspects in their custody, including a Saudi Arabian man alleged to have knowledge of a plot to spread poison gas in the New York City subway, according to Time magazine. "Some critics of Saudi Arabia are suggesting that the US invaded the wrong country and seized the wrong oil wells in the spring," according to a special report marking the two-year anniversary of the September 11 attacks, which was due to hit newsstands Monday. US officials would like to speak to the Saudi suspect to see how far the plot advanced and...
  • Saddam Cousin 'Chemical Ali' Caught in Iraq

    08/21/2003 7:40:22 AM PDT · by MizSterious · 40 replies · 310+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | Thu, Aug 21, 2003 | N/A
    Saddam Cousin 'Chemical Ali' Caught in Iraq TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - Ali Hassan al-Majid, a feared cousin of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) nicknamed "Chemical Ali" for his use of poison gas in attacks, has been captured by U.S. forces in Iraq (news - web sites), the U.S. military said on Thursday. "We do have him and he was captured alive," U.S. Central Command spokesman Lt. Ryan Fitzgerald told Reuters. Fitzgerald said no details were available on the arrest, where it took place, or whether Majid was injured. Majid was No. 5 on a U.S. list of the 55...
  • March 16, 1988 - Iraqi gas attack on Halabja 15 years ago killed 5,000 Kurds

    03/16/2003 9:59:33 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 447+ views
    Agence France-Presse | March 16, 2003
    NICOSIA, March 16 (AFP) -- Fifteen years ago about 5,000 Kurds, mostly women and children, perished a few minutes after Iraqi fighter jets spread poison gas over Halabja in Iraq's Kurdistan region. Iraq, which was at war with Iran at the time, became angry with the Kurds after fighters from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan with the help of Iran took over Halabja, an agricultural town of about 40,000 some 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Baghdad but just 11 kilometers (7 miles) from the Iranian border. The Iraqi army started by bombing the Halabja area with artillery and fighter...
  • Report - Iraq testing simulated poison gas attacks with UAVs in preparation for war

    02/25/2003 1:16:41 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 3 replies · 210+ views
    WAR PREPARATION Iraq tested allegedly poisonous gas attacks Hamburg - the Iraqi Air Force tested the spraying of "simulation materials" after a report of the "Bild" newspaper with unmanned remote-controlled jets. How the sheet with reference to realizations of the Federal Information Service (Federal Intelligence Service) reports, the Iraqi Air Force has several converted fighter planes of the Czech type L-29. The remote controlled machines are equipped with external tanks for the yield of chemical and biological agents, it were said.
  • Judge blocks charges against E2 owners (PEOPLE BELIEVED IN TERRORIST ATTACK WITH GAS)

    02/21/2003 3:00:05 PM PST · by aristeides · 6 replies · 247+ views
    CNN ^ | Feb. 19, 2003 | Jeff Flock
    <p>CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) -- City officials have been blocked from filing criminal contempt charges against the owners of the E2 nightclub where 21 people died early Monday.</p> <p>Judge Daniel Lynch ruled Tuesday afternoon that the city must show more evidence to justify criminal charges.</p>
  • Concerned About Bio Chemical Warfare?

    02/02/2003 5:01:47 PM PST · by wakingtime · 16 replies · 13,463+ views ^ | 4/17/02 | J.B. Stone
    Toxic Tugs - Public Poisons by J.B. Stone - 04/17/02 What do Maryland, Utah, Alaska, Hawaii, Johnston Atoll, and the Marshall Islands have in common? BioChemical warfare tests were conducted in all of them behind a blinding haze of Cold War secrecy. And hardly a word of warning was ever issued, before during, or afterward the test conductors, subjects, or citizens living in surrounding areas. Marine jets and Army artillery sprayed "harmless simulants" and live biological and chemical agents on unsuspecting citizens for 15 years on land and sea during Operation Deseret. The randomly selected human test rats onboard ships...
  • A War Crime or an Act of War? (Halabja)

    02/01/2003 12:50:09 PM PST · by Todd.Harvey · 13 replies · 273+ views
    NY Times ^ | Jan 31, 2003 | STEPHEN C. PELLETIERE
    MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — It was no surprise that President Bush, lacking smoking-gun evidence of Iraq's weapons programs, used his State of the Union address to re-emphasize the moral case for an invasion: "The dictator who is assembling the world's most dangerous weapons has already used them on whole villages, leaving thousands of his own citizens dead, blind or disfigured." The accusation that Iraq has used chemical weapons against its citizens is a familiar part of the debate. The piece of hard evidence most frequently brought up concerns the gassing of Iraqi Kurds at the town of Halabja in March 1988,...
  • War Diary: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002

    11/19/2002 8:04:49 AM PST · by Axion · 239+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | Nov 19, 2002 | Staff
    War Diary: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002Nov 19, 2002 Monday, Nov. 18, was the day that U.N. inspectors returned to Iraq to begin Security Council-mandated weapons inspections. It was also a day in which extraordinarily different understandings of the inspections process and timeline were expressed by some key parties. Mohamed el Baradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and one of the senior inspectors, said, "It will take at least six months to one year before we finish our work on Iraq. I therefore ask the international community to be patient and wait until we finish our work comprehensively."...