8/14/2005

Daily Kos: Coming Full Circle: Chemical Weapons Plant Found in Mosul

Coming Full Circle: Chemical Weapons Plant Found in Mosul
by mcjoan [Subscribe]
Sat Aug 13th, 2005 at 17:57:28 CDT

Update [2005-8-13 18:57:28 by Armando]: From the diaries by Armando.

What bitter irony is this?

BAGHDAD, Aug. 13 -- U.S. troops raiding a warehouse in the northern city of Mosul uncovered a suspected chemical-weapons factory containing 1,500 gallons of chemicals believed destined for attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces and civilians, military officials said Saturday.

The very non-existent weapons that formed the basis of the lie that took us to Iraq are now all too real, and aimed at American troops and those supporting them in the Iraqi tragedy.

Monday's early morning raid found 11 precursor agents, "some of them quite dangerous by themselves," a military spokesman, Lt. Col. Steven A. Boylan, said in Baghdad.

Combined, the chemicals would yield an agent capable of "lingering hazards" for those exposed to it, Boylan said. The likely targets would have been "coalition and Iraqi security forces, and Iraqi civilians," in part owing to the difficulty anyone deploying the chemicals would have had in keeping the agents from spreading out over a wide area, he said.

Investigators don't yet know where the chemicals came from, and what group is responsible for them--foreign fighter or former members of Hussein's security forces. They are clear on this, however; the weapons weren't in the country prior to the invasion.

The spokesman said the operation was new, not dating from before the U.S.-led invasion. The Bush administration used allegations that Hussein's government was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction as the main justification for the invasion. No such weapons or factories were found.

This is what we've created. Where no chemical warfare threat existed before, it now does. Thank God they located this one before it became operational. But how many more are out there?

Daily Kos: Coming Full Circle: Chemical Weapons Plant Found in Mosul

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