The Iraqi government has informed the United Nations that it has lost control of a former chemical weapons depot to Islamist insurgents affiliated with ISIS, or IS, and cannot carry out its obligations to destroy what’s stored in the compound.
In a letter penned by Iraq’s UN Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim, it was revealed that “armed terrorist groups” took over the Muthanna complex on June 11. Located north of Baghdad, the facility was the main center for chemical weapons production prior to the 1991 Gulf War, and is still home to 2,500 rockets containing the lethal nerve agent sarin.
According to the Associated Press, the compound is now in the hands of the Islamic State extremist group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). In the letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Alhakim said that Iraqi officials witnessed the intruders looting some of the equipment before the surveillance system was taken offline.
Sarin degrades after a period of several weeks to several months. The shelf life can be shortened by impurities in precursor materials. According to the CIA, some Iraqi sarin had a shelf life of only a few weeks, owing mostly to impure precursors.
But U.S. officials have played down the seizure, saying the degraded chemical remnants date to the 1980s and were stored at the facility after being dismantled by UN inspectors.
The US, under the pretext of wmd's, illegally invaded Irak and murdered more than one million of its citizen, they stayed there for more than a decade, during which time they installed a puppet government, a private central bank and made sure that Irak's oil would be sold only for worthless US ink and paper, now, having said that, if these ISIS warriors or rebels or what ever you want to call them, are in fact who they want us to believe they are, and this newly found (or not) cache of wmd's is for real, who is there to blame?, shouldn't the US be held accountable for the use or misuse of these weapons?
originally posted by: ~Lucidity
We were there 10 years and left without making them destroy it?
I smell BS.
And why the heck didn't the US take out these "chemical compounds" while they were in Iraq?
This seems to be getting real serious now.