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  • Al-Afari And Away: Ignoring the Saddam-ISIS link

    03/22/2016 6:59:28 PM PDT · by Daniel Clark · 18 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | March 22, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    Al-Afari And Away: Ignoring the Saddam-ISIS link by Daniel Clark During two Republican primary debates, presidential frontrunner Donald Trump claimed that Saddam Hussein had been an enemy of Islamic terrorism, and argued that he should have been left in power to kill terrorists, so that our soldiers didn't have to. Considering that, one might think a reminder of Saddam's moustache-deep involvement in terrorism, along with the fact that he'd retained an active chemical weapons program between wars, would be a major news story. One might even expect that a story about a former member of Saddam’s regime helping ISIS to...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Did Saddam Have WMDs After All: ISIS Overruns Iraq Chemical Weapons 'Mega-Facility'

    06/19/2014 6:02:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 92 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 6/19/14 | Tyler Durden
    With all eyes firmly focused on what really matters (the oil refineries), The Telegraph reports that ISIS has over-run a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons (CW) complex. The al-Muhanna 'mega-facility', about 60 miles south of Baghdad, gives the jihadists access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin. The US state department is 'concerned' but "do not believe that the complex contains CW materials of military value." However, as a former commander of Britain's chemical weapons regiment warned, "we have seen that ISIS has used chemicals in explosions in Iraq before and has...
  • ISIS Reportedly Captured Saddam’s Chemical Weapons Stockpiles, Attacks Key Refinery

    06/19/2014 4:55:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 51 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 19, 2014 | Bryan Preston
    Well, here’s some lovely news emerging from the new Iraq. 17.09 Chemical weapons produced at the Al Muthanna facility, which Isis today seized, are believed to have included mustard gas, Sarin, Tabun, and VX. Here is the CIA’s file on the complex. QuoteStockpiles of chemical munitions are still stored there. The most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers. Numerous bunkers, including eleven cruciform shaped bunkers were exploited. Some of the...
  • In Assessing Iraq's Arsenal, The 'Reality Is Uncertainty'

    07/30/2002 8:31:44 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 8 replies · 235+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/31/2002 | Joby Warrick
    Details of Bioweapons Lab Emerge, but Not Proof U.S. intelligence analysts have been closely examining satellite images of the west bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad for signs of a laboratory rumored to exist there. Called Tahhaddy, or "Challenge," the lab is purported to have 85 employees and a top-secret mission: making biological weapons for Iraq's military.Details about the lab have trickled out of Iraq in recent months in accounts from defectors and Iraqi exiles opposed to President Saddam Hussein. They tell of underground test chambers, heavy security and a viral strain code-named "Blue Nile," which sounds suspiciously like...
  • 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 ^ | 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.
  • 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,...
  • Just How Deadly Is Assad's Arsenal? (Much Worse Than You Can Imagine)

    11/22/2012 4:54:28 PM PST · by lbryce · 64 replies
    Foeign Policy ^ | July 16, 2012 | John Reed
    The latest estimates say that the Assad regime has hundreds of tons of mustard gas, a blister agent, and large stockpiles of sarin and possibly VX, both of which are nerve agents -- all of which can be launched by Scud missiles, artillery, or aircraft, according to Charles Blair, a specialist in chemical and biological weapons at the Federation of American Scientists. "I've heard that Syria has 100 to 200 missiles with nerve agents loaded and ready to go, but that seems extreme," said Blair, noting that the nerve agents are usually stored separately from the weapons and that exact...
  • Terrorists expected to hit Egypt hard in Iraq attack

    03/10/2003 11:13:25 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 4 replies · 75+ views ^ | 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...
  • Army base locked down over missing nerve agent

    01/27/2011 1:19:40 PM PST · by FredJake · 9 replies ^ | 1/27/2011 | Joe Newby
    The Blaze reports Thursday that Dugway Proving Ground, an Army base about 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, was locked down for several hours because a small amount of toxic nerve gas was unaccounted for. According to a statement released by the Army, less than a quarter teaspoon of deadly VX nerve agent went missing. VX, the most toxic nerve agent ever developed, is an odorless, colorless, tasteless liquid that can kill within 15 minutes of exposure, according to a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS). The agent, first developed in 1952, has been designated a "weapon of mass destruction."...
  • Army Destroys Last Landmine Containing VX Nerve-Agent Munitions

    12/30/2008 3:44:46 PM PST · by SandRat · 23 replies · 820+ views
    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Dec. 30, 2008 – The U.S. Army Chemical Materials Agency destroyed the last landmine in its stockpiles containing VX nerve-agent munitions Dec. 24 at the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Anniston, Ala. "We have reached a truly remarkable milestone following more than five years of deliberate, but careful, operations,” Timothy K. Garrett, ANCDF site project manager, said. “All nerve-agent munitions -- those containing GB and those containing VX -- have been safely processed." CMA personnel and contractors have destroyed the VX munitions at six disposal sites: Anniston, Ala.; Umatilla, Ore.; Newport, Ind.; Pine Bluff,...
  • 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...
  • Nerve agent destruction wraped up at incinerator (Tooele, Utah)

    08/12/2005 11:37:15 AM PDT · by Lokibob · 6 replies · 689+ views
    Tooele Transcript ^ | 02 August 2005 | Mark Watson
        Nerve agent destruction wraped up at incinerator       Written by by Mark Watson    Tuesday, 02 August 2005 The U.S. Army wants Tooele County residents to know there is no longer a threat for a chemical nerve agent leak at Deseret Chemical Depot south of Tooele. Weapons containing those agents no longer exist. The U.S. Army wants Tooele County residents to know there is no longer a threat for a chemical nerve agent leak at Deseret Chemical Depot south of Tooele. Weapons containing those agents no longer exist. After nine years of hard work from 1,500 employees,...
  • Paul Pillar Speaks, Again The latest CIA attack on the Bush administration is nothing new.

    02/10/2006 5:16:05 PM PST · by april15Bendovr · 21 replies · 1,655+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 02/10/2006 4:15:00 PM | by Stephen F. Hayes
    Paul Pillar Speaks, Again The latest CIA attack on the Bush administration is nothing new. by Stephen F. Hayes 02/10/2006 4:15:00 PM IN A BREATHLESS front-page, above-the-fold article in today's Washington Post, Walter Pincus reports that a former senior CIA official named Paul Pillar accuses the Bush administration of "misusing" intelligence to take the country to war in Iraq. According to the Post account, Pillar uses a forthcoming article in Foreign Affairs to claim that the Bush administration "politicized" the intelligence on Iraq. Bush administration policymakers did this subtly, Pillar says, by repeatedly asking the CIA questions about Iraq, its...
  • Does Hezbollah possesses weapons of mass destruction?

    07/17/2006 12:02:05 AM PDT · by DXwertos · 20 replies · 919+ views
    Me ^ | Know | Me
    I asked me that question yesterday after listening to the speech of Hezbollah leader Nasrallah. A few summaries: "Israel doesn't know our capabilities on every level," Nasrallah said. "The Zionist enemy has not succeeded in infiltrating our group,"(...) "The enemy doesn't know our capabilities or what we have."(...) "(...)If you think Hizbullah cannot stand firm in this confrontation, then your government and army are deceiving you,"(...) We know, that Syria and Iran equipped Hezbollah with all kinds of military things. Thousands of rockets, even longer-range rockets as we know now, and other stuff. The Haifa rocket that killed 8 people...
  • Syria, Iraq and the United States: A Gathering Storm

    06/09/2004 12:06:20 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 30 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...
  • Start of VX destruction days away

    05/02/2005 6:18:02 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 5 replies · 334+ views
    Tribune-Star (Terre Haute, IN) ^ | May 2, 2005 | Patricia L. Pastore
    Final preparations are under way at the Newport Chemical Disposal Facility, where workers are just days away from starting the destruction of VX nerve agent. Col. Jesse Barber, Chemical Materials Agency's project manager of Alternative and Approaches, goes over his checklist every day in anticipation of startup, he said. The 1,269 tons of the deadly nerve agent VX has been stored at the Newport Chemical Depot since the 1960s. A drop of VX the size of a BB can be lethal, the Army has said. Destruction of this nerve-agent stockpile will remove the risk of a terrorist target and the...
  • Army gives OK to VX destruction in Newport

    02/16/2005 9:24:02 AM PST · by Military family member · 11 replies · 381+ views
    Terre Haute Tribune-Star ^ | February 16, 2005 | Patricia L. Pastore
    Army gives OK to VX destruction in NewportAction will be 'one step closer' to destroying lethal nerve agentBy Patricia L. Pastore/Tribune-Star Army officials gave the nod Monday to begin destruction of VX nerve agent this spring and to store the byproduct, hydrolysate, on-site at Newport, said Jeff Brubaker, government site project manager, on Tuesday. The plan is identical to one citizens have proposed to Army officials for more than three years: destroy the VX and store the hydrolysate there until a decision is made on how to treat and dispose of the resulting waste. One drop of VX the size...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 50 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson | 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...
  • So what happened to the WMD's

    01/13/2005 7:18:57 AM PST · by thebiggestdog · 6 replies · 312+ views ^ | 1-13-05 |
    The hunt for WMD's in Iraq is finally over, and basically we didn't find anything. Yes, the Poles found a bunch of old binary shells filled with Sarin, but I can't believe that was all that Saddam had. Saddam was a ruthless, paranoid bastard who didn't make threats he couldn't back up. Even our buddy the Swedish inspector Hans Blix wrote a memo just before the start of the war about the status of 10,000 liters of anthrax. Nancy Pelosi, the ranking communist from Northern California quipped "(Bush) needs to explain to the American people why he was so wrong,...
  • 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...
  • As Bill Clinton Once Said . . . there were links between Saddam's Iraq and al Qaeda

    10/27/2004 5:54:09 AM PDT · by OESY · 6 replies · 723+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 27, 2004 | STEPHEN F. HAYES
    Well, it appears that Messrs. Clinton and Bush have [much] in common.... Both have warned -- Mr. Clinton first, of course -- that the nexus between rogue states like Iraq and terrorists like al Qaeda poses the greatest threat to America. On this point, in fact, Mr. Clinton has much more in common with Mr. Bush than he does with John Kerry. According to 9/11 Commission co-chairman Thomas Kean, Mr. Clinton believed with "absolute certainty" that Iraq provided al Qaeda with weapons of mass destruction expertise and technology in the 1990s. He believed it as president when he ordered the...
  • Army set to destroy VX store in Indiana

    06/10/2004 12:52:53 PM PDT · by erikm88 · 15 replies · 192+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 10, 2004 | AP
    NEWPORT, Ind. (AP) - In a cavernous, pipe-filled structure known simply as the Utility Building, Army contractors are getting ready to destroy a Cold War-era concoction so lethal it could kill untold millions. After years of controversy, workers will begin chemically neutralizing 1,269 tons of the ultra-deadly nerve agent VX this summer as part of a plan to eliminate the nation’s chemical weapons stockpile. Residents near the Newport Chemical Depot are ready to see the VX go. So are activists who keep tabs on the nation’s cache of weapons of mass destruction. "One drop the size of George Washington’s eye...
  • Jordan King says WMD Vx gas attack stopped. Al Qaeda/Syrian connection suspected.

    04/19/2004 7:56:24 PM PDT · by playball0 · 215 replies · 1,730+ views
    WABC Radio | 4/19/04 | John Bachelor
    WABC's radio's Bachelor & John Loftis (sp) reporting Syria gave Iraq's chemical WMD to AlQaeda. Captured trucks in Jordan with chemicals with Vx attack would have killed 20,000.
  • Halabja Revisited After 16 Years

    03/16/2004 8:08:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 4 replies · 215+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | March 16, 2004 | By Donna Miles
    Sixteen years ago today, 5,000 innocent Iraqi civilians perished under a barrage of mustard gas; nerve agents sarin, tabun and VX; and possibly cyanide. The brutal attack, launched by their own government, earned Saddam Hussein the dubious distinction of becoming the first world leader in modern times to have used chemical weapons on his own people. The victims of the attack were residents of Halabja, 150 miles northeast of Baghdad and just south of the Iranian border. Three-quarters of them were women and children. The chemical attacks on what has come to be known as "Bloody Friday" were the most...
  • Japan - Death cult leader convicted for 1995 sarin nerve gas attack on Tokyo subway

    02/26/2004 10:15:47 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 614+ views
    Kyodo News ^ | February 27, 2004
    AUM founder Asahara found guilty of all 13 charges TOKYO, Feb. 27, Kyodo - (EDS: UPDATING WITH INCLUSION OF 1995 SARIN GAS ATTACK, LAWYERS' STATEMENT) Shoko Asahara, the founder of the AUM Shinrikyo cult, is guilty of all 13 charges against him, including the 1995 sarin gassing on the Tokyo subway system, the Tokyo District Court ruled Friday. The guilty verdicts handed down against the 48-year-old guru boost the likelihood of a death penalty since any one of the cases carries a death penalty. Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, faced charges in 13 criminal cases that resulted...
  • 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...
  • WATER TESTING: Tiny Bugs Take On a Big Job In Homeland Security Arena

    10/31/2003 4:23:37 AM PST · by snopercod · 2 replies · 194+ views
    Engineering News Record ^ | October 27, 2003 | Andrew G. Wright
    After 9/11, the testing to detect contaminants in water supplies abruptly moved from an arcane laboratory exercise to a front-burner item in the forefront of the rapidly developing homeland security market. One of the biggest newsmakers in the emerging marketplace may be a tiny organism called daphnia. The tiny water fleas–typically about 3 mm long–are commonly used as bioindicators. Now, Aqua Survey Inc. is unveiling a detection kit that uses daphnia to quickly determine whether ricin, cyanide, VX, botulinium toxin and other toxins are present in a municipal water supply. The Flemington, N.J.-based firm presented slides and film of daphnia...
  • Army delays destruction of nerve agent at Indiana depot, says plant needs more safeguards

    08/14/2003 9:46:36 AM PDT · by Brian S · 1 replies · 181+ views
    <p>The Army said it will delay destruction of a deadly nerve agent at the Newport Chemical Depot until early 2004 because the plant doesn't yet meet environmental standards or have a sprinkler system.</p> <p>A federal lawsuit in Ohio, announced last month, also might add to the delay of a process ordered by international treaty and shadowed by terrorism.</p>
  • Army begins chemical weapons burn

    08/09/2003 12:10:26 PM PDT · by demlosers · 4 replies · 204+ views
    CNN ^ | 9 August 2003
    <p>The operation at an Army depot is beginning slowly and will take seven years to destroy the GB, VX and mustard gas and the rockets that carry them, said Army spokesman Mike Abrams.</p> <p>The burn had been scheduled to begin Wednesday, but the Army agreed to delay until Friday's hearing on the request by the Chemical Weapons Working Group -- opponents of the burn -- for a temporary restraining order.</p>
  • U.S. Court Asked to Halt Nerve Gas Destruction

    08/04/2003 6:11:45 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 11 replies · 233+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug. 4 | Verna Gates
    A coalition of environmentalists and citizens groups asked a U.S. court on Monday to issue a last-minute injunction barring the military from destroying hundreds of Cold War-era chemical weapons at an incinerator in Alabama. The U.S. Army, complying with an international treaty, is expected to begin burning the first of its M-55 rockets containing the deadly nerve agent sarin on Wednesday at its $1 billion chemical weapons disposal facility in Anniston. In a motion filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Sierra Club environmental group and other opponents of the plan argued that large amounts...
  • U.S.: Sudan plant sample contains VX nerve gas precursor [Level of secrecy 'unprecedented' 1998]

    07/30/2003 4:07:53 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 12 replies · 409+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/24/98 | Jamie McIntyre
    <p>WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A senior U.S. intelligence official told CNN on Monday that a soil sample from the Sudanese pharmaceutical factory destroyed last week by U.S. missiles has tested positive for a chemical that is "one step away" from deadly VX nerve gas.</p>
  • The Case of the Missing WMDs

    06/14/2003 11:11:48 AM PDT · by xagent · 46 replies · 469+ views ^ | 12-Jun-2003 | xagent
    www.4ranters.comIt seems the anti-Bush crowd has found a new way to attempt to discredit Bush and the war in Iraq. This time, it's the missing WMDs. After the swift liberation of Iraq and the worries of the peaceniks proven wrong, one would figure the anti-war crowd would finally concede. Somehow, the fact that WMDs haven't been found - yet - is supposed to prove the war as unjustified, and make Bush and Tony Blair liars. First the protestors predicted a messy quagmire of a war where thousands of lives would be lost. Massive casualties of both Iraqi civilians and American...
  • Iraqi Freedoms: Religion to Whiskey

    04/19/2003 6:18:43 PM PDT · by Indy Pendance · 2 replies · 245+ views
    AP ^ | April 19, 2003 | CALVIN WOODWARD
    From whiskey to religion, Iraqis tasted freedoms denied for years Saturday in a slow climb back to a normalcy an entire generation never knew. Completing their own journey to freedom, seven U.S. captives from the war flew to a Texas homecoming. In a widening sweep of officials from Saddam Hussein's toppled government, authorities arrested his former finance minister, hoping he can lead them to the former dictatorship's hidden wealth. They also took custody of the suspected mastermind of Iraq's nerve agent program, who gave up.Postwar recovery advanced in scattered steps.Thousands of Shiite pilgrims renewed a tradition banned for decades as...
  • Capture of chemical expert could help U.S. weapons hunt in Iraq (Emad Husayn Abdulla al-Ani)

    04/19/2003 5:00:12 AM PDT · by hotpotato · 2 replies · 413+ views
    AP ^ | April 18, 2003 | Matt Kelley
    <p>U.S. field commanders in Iraq continue to reposition American forces to focus on humanitarian missions and the search for weapons and former government officials.</p> <p>The Army's 4th Infantry Division, currently based around Baghdad International Airport, will eventually relieve Marines in northeastern Baghdad and start looking for weapons of mass destruction and providing stability to the area, a military official says.</p>
  • U.S. faces repercussions if weapons are not found

    04/16/2003 6:35:05 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 56 replies · 446+ views
    Newark (red)Star Ledger ^ | 4/16/03 | JOHN HASSELL
    U.S. faces repercussions if weapons are not found Wednesday, April 16, 2003 BY JOHN HASSELL Star-Ledger Staff [Newark, NJ] -- The list of banned Iraqi weapons cited as the central reason for war by President Bush was lengthy and specific: Anthrax. VX. Botulinum toxin. Nerve gas. R-400 aerial bombs. Bush's assurances that U.S. troops will unearth these weapons of mass destruction, however, have not been borne out by searches at suspect sites in Iraq -- so far. The dilemma for Washington, according to foreign policy analysts, is that with each passing day, the failure to produce evidence of Saddam Hussein's...
  • High-tech map helps commanders plan next moves (disturbing intelligence report)

    03/31/2003 4:12:02 PM PST · by vannrox · 11 replies · 319+ views
    USA today via MilitaryCity dot COM ^ | 3-31-03 | By David J. Lynch
    <p>MARINE COMBAT HEADQUARTERS, Southern Iraq ? At 2:05 p.m., Lt. Col. David Pere, the senior watch officer at this U.S. command post, fields a disturbing intelligence report.</p> <p>Iraqi troops at an Ababil missile site northwest of Basra have been spotted wearing chemical weapons suits. A special vehicle designed to decontaminate troops and their gear after a chemical attack is parked nearby.</p>
  • Special forces already inside Iraq: Chemical response expected to U.S. Operation Iraqi Freedom

    03/18/2003 5:43:17 PM PST · by estjohn · 106 replies · 414+ views
    NBC, MSNBC AND NEWS SERVICES ^ | March 18, 2003 | Jim Miklaszewski
    U.S. special forces and CIA agents have already entered Iraq and are scouting potential targets, gathering intelligence and preparing the battlefield for a U.S. invasion that would likely be code-named Operation Iraqi Freedom, military sources told NBC News on Tuesday. [snip] They also revealed that intelligence reports were indicating that Saddam was preparing to use chemical weapons against U.S. troops. Artillery shells with chemical warheads were being handed out to troops of Saddam's elite Republican Guard at Al Kut, southeast of Baghdad, the reports indicated, while preparations were under way to coat bridges and roadways with a lethal VX nerve...
  • Can recently produced anthrax be distinguished from old anthrax?

    03/12/2003 9:31:18 AM PST · by xzins · 19 replies · 297+ views
    1. This is a question for those who might know. 2. Saddam has yet to turn over the 1st liter of anthrax or chemical agent or other biologic agent. 3. Does old agent need to be replaced with new to remain "weapons grade" agent? 4. If age of sample can be determined, then turning over even one liter would verify that he has been/is currently producing these things. 5. Perhaps this has been answered before. If so, sorry. In any case, an answer would be appreciated.
  • Iraq to submit report on VX, anthrax in a week

    03/03/2003 1:15:13 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 15 replies · 259+ views
    Reuters | March 3, 2003
    BAGHDAD, March 3 (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Monday that Iraq would submit a new report on VX nerve gas and anthrax stocks in a week time as part of efforts to avert a possible U.S. invasion. "Iraq will be providing a report on the VX and anthrax in a weeks time," Hiro Ueki, spokesman for U.N. weapons inspectors in Baghdad, told Reuters. Iraq held talks on Sunday with U.N. arms experts on the VX and anthrax stocks it says it has destroyed. Baghdad began destroying some 120 al-Samoud 2 missiles on Saturday, meeting a key deadline...
  • Baghdad reveals location of nerve agent and anthrax

    03/02/2003 3:12:34 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 206+ views
    It also threatens to halt destruction of missiles, which it began on Saturday, if Washington signals that it will attack BAGHDAD - Ongoing excavations have uncovered important quantities of anthrax and VX nerve agent, Iraqi presidential adviser Amer al-Saadi said yesterday. United Nations inspectors have been seeking clarification of the whereabouts of such deadly agents for years. Mr Saadi said excavations at the al-Aziziya air base, 104 km south-west of Baghdad, had uncovered nearly all bomb fragments filled with tonnes of toxic agents which Iraq insists it destroyed unilaterally in 1991. He said that so far Iraq had not...
  • Anthrax, VX uncovered in Iraq

    03/02/2003 10:34:04 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 30 replies · 255+ views
    Agence France-Presse ^ | March 2, 2003
    SIGNIFICANT quantities of anthrax and VX nerve agent have been accounted for during ongoing excavations in Iraq, Iraqi presidential adviser Amer al-Saadi has said. He said excavations at the al-Aziziya air base, 104km south-west of Baghdad, had also uncovered bomb fragments. Iraq insists it destroyed tonnes of toxic agents unilaterally in 1991. The discovery was announced as UN biological experts arrived for talks with Iraqi authorities. "So far we have reached a figure not quite 157 (tonnes of anthrax), but we are nearing it, there is work in progress," Saadi told a news conference. "So far, more than eight...
  • Words of Wisdom About Gas, Germs, and Nukes

    02/20/2003 6:23:56 PM PST · by Salem · 16 replies · 456+ views
    The 2AMPD email list | 19, October 2001 | SFC Red Thomas, Armor Master Gunner
    Words of Wisdom About Gas, Germs, and Nukes By SFC Red Thomas, Armor Master Gunner U.S. Army (Ret) 10.19.01 Since the media have decided to scare everyone with predictions of chemical, biological, or nuclear warfare on our turf, I decided to write a paper and keep things in their proper perspective. I am a retired military weapons, munitions, and training expert. Lesson number one: In the mid 1990s there was a series of nerve gas attacks on crowded Japanese subway stations. Given perfect conditions for an attack, less than 10% of the people there were injured (the injured were better...
  • Chemical Warfare Agents. VX nerve gas is the most persistant.

    02/14/2003 5:00:43 AM PST · by dennisw · 2 replies · 723+ views | federation american scientists
  • Iraq gives al Qaida VX Gas

    01/29/2003 1:32:46 PM PST · by xzins · 15 replies · 388+ views
    efreedomnews ^ | Jonathon Rhodes
    Iraq gives al Qaida VX Gas December 14, 2002 Jonathan Rhodes 14 December 2002     Washington Post writer Barton Gellman reported December 12, 2002 that al Qaida received VX nerve gas from Iraq in October - smuggled through the Turkish border. [Washington Post Article] Gellman is a well-respected reporter, known to confirm his facts and sources.The report came from "Knowledgeable officials, speaking without White House permission," who " said information about the transfer came from a sensitive and credible source whom they declined to discuss." "The way we gleaned the information makes us feel confident it is accurate,"...
  • Predictions of Traditio

    01/14/2003 1:11:58 PM PST · by traditio · 3 replies · 255+ views
    As Yogi Berra says, prediction is hazardous, especially with regard to the future, but here goes: The logic of the situation will force Bush to attack, presumably late in February, though this prediction is not about timing. The really disturbing news, if it’s true, is Blair’s apparent temporizing in the face of Labour Party opposition. I don’t think stiffing the UN will be so hard, but stiffing the UK will be tough. Anyway, once we attack, several things are likely. Hussein is likely to use chemical and biological weapons, making a mockery of all the absurd calls for evidence. We...
  • Esbat al-Ansar denies US claim it has Iraqi nerve gas

    12/14/2002 5:01:13 AM PST · by stilts · 2 replies · 144+ views
    The Daily Star (Lebanon) ^ | December 14, 2002 | Staff
    Officials from the Esbat al-Ansar group said Friday that US reports accusing the militant Islamic group of having nerve gas supplied by Iraq did not deserve a response. The officials were “adamant” that the reports were “fabricated,” a source said. Esbat al-Ansar, based in Sidon’s Ain al-Hilweh refugee camp, has been described as a “terrorist” organization by Washington. The officials from the group were reluctant to speak with reporters, but one said that such reports did not warrant a reply. “We are not in a hurry to reply to (US President George W.) Bush or others,” the official said. The...