May 17, 2004

Chemical Weapon? Who are you going to believe, Ted Kennedy or your lying eyes?

The New York Times > International > Middle East > Bomb With Nerve Agent Explodes in Iraq

"An explosive containing sarin nerve gas was discovered by American troops in Baghdad and detonated, an American military spokesman there said today. It was the first sarin shell the American military has found since the invasion of Iraq last year, the spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, said in a televised news conference.
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The bomb was a "binary chemical projectile" with two chambers each containing a distinct chemical. When the projectile is fitted into an artillery round and fired, the rotation of the round causes the wall between the chambers to break, thereby blending the two chemicals. On impact with the target, the shell explodes, releasing the sarin.

But the explosive discovered last week was not launched as an artillery round, so only a small amount of the two chemicals mixed together, General Kimmitt said. It was not known whether whoever rigged the bomb knew of the presence of sarin in the explosive

Probably just something left behind in the luggage of those kidnapped Japanese tourists.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 17, 2004 11:04 AM
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