The toxic legacy of chemical weapons in Iraq

It’s good to see Theresa May clarify, that the chemical’s used in Syria were “chlorine”, after people saw “the appalling social media images and first-hand testimony of some of the hundreds of victims.”  

Between October 2006 and June 2007, Iraq experienced fifteen chlorine bomb attacks by Al-Qaeda. According to the US Defence Department, the first incident was in Ramadi, where Al-Qaeda detonated a car packed with 12 120 mm mortar shells and two 100-pound chlorine tanks.  

Further Al-Qaeda chlorine attacks, occurred in Fallujah, Balad and again in Ramadi. An incident against Forward Operating Base Warhorse, saw a car bomber detonate two tanks of chlorine and 1,000 pounds of explosives, causing an adverse reaction to over 65 US service personnel alone. 

It’s interesting how the Telegraph reported on September 20th 2016, how ISIS fired a shell at a US military base in Qayyarah, which tested positive for mustard gas and on 28th January 2017, the Guardian reported that during the Battle of Mosul, French and Iraqi special forces discovered mustard chemical warfare agents in eastern Mosul.

Hussein Al-alak is the editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra)



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