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Monday, May 17, 2004

WMD's found in Iraq, luckily no casualties..

"- A roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent exploded near a U.S. military convoy, but there were no casualties, the U.S. military said Monday.

'The Iraqi Survey Group confirmed today that a 155-millimeter artillery round containing sarin nerve agent had been found,' said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the chief military spokesman in Iraq (news - web sites). 'The round had been rigged as an IED (improvised explosive device) which was discovered by a U.S. force convoy.

'A detonation occurred before the IED could be rendered inoperable. This produced a very small dispersal of agent,' he said"

BTW, CDC | Facts About Sarin: "Sarin is a human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent. Nerve agents are the most toxic and rapidly acting of the known chemical warfare agents. They are similar to certain kinds of pesticides (insect killers) called organophosphates in terms of how they work and what kind of harmful effects they cause. However, nerve agents are much more potent than organophosphate pesticides. Sarin originally was developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide.
Sarin is a clear, colorless, and tasteless liquid that has no odor in its pure form. However, sarin can evaporate into a vapor (gas) and spread into the environment. Sarin is also known as GB. "

Iraq has a history with sarin, that is decades old.: "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 agent in war). The Iraqis continued to use chemical weapons until the end of hostilities in August 1988; in addition they introduced the nerve agents sarin and GF late in the war"

Up until now, the warheads for large scale sarin deployment had been found: Iraq Warheads Designed for Sarin Payload: " Last Thursday, U.N. arms inspectors discovered a dozen unused 122 mm rocket warheads during an inspection in Iraq. At the time of the discovery, the inspectors claimed the unused warheads were most likely designed for a chemical agent.
Now sources close to the investigation say the deadly nerve agent sarin was the most likely weapon destined for those warheads"

But no warheads containing sarin.

Similarly:trace amounts of sarin had been found.: "U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army's 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapon decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of exposure to nerve agents."

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