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Did the Soviets Use Chemical Agents in SE Asia?

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posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 12:46 PM
The CIA was concerned by report of chemical weapons use and commisioned this Special National Intelligence Estimate (SNIE) in 1982 titled "Use of toxins and other lethal chemicals in SE Asia and Afganistan.

The report concluded that:

In Loas, Laotion and Vietnamese troops used Nerve Agents and other toxins, killing about 6500 Hmong from 1976 to about 1981.

In Cambodia, Vietnamese troops used chemicals since 1978.

In both cases the conclution was that the Vietnames did not have the capacity to produce it on thier own. Instead the Soviets supplied the chemicals and the training to use them. One interesting tidbit was the discover of US made 2.75 rockets that had been modified with a soviet warhead designed to dispence chemicals.

In Afganistan: Soviet troops used Nerve, Phosgene and other agents against the Mujahadeen.

One conclution the report reached was that countries like China, Pakistan and Thailand would no doubt take this into account before they confront the USSR or its allies.

THe entire 23 page SNIE can be read here:

posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 07:54 PM
That, after our little 'police action' in Vietnam, that the US were the ones doing tests with chemical warfare...

After all, look at all the Agent [put color name here] chemicals that the US dumped...

And, least we forget, since the US doesn't participate in chemical warfare because that would just be wrong (and they told us that they don't), who better to blame in the 80's then our Cold War nemesis?

posted on Jul, 28 2004 @ 09:48 PM
The Soviets used tons of chemicals in Afghanistan. One of the area denial weapons was called yellow rain. It was a sticky chemical that they could dump out of helicopters, planes, etc. It was a blister agent, if it contacted your skin instant 2nd degree burns in that area.


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