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World War I soldier with mustard gas burns

U.S. officials said on Thursday, Aug. 13, that Islamic State terrorists this week used mustard gas against Kurdish forces in Iraq.

Mustard gas, or sulfur mustard, is a type of chemical warfare agent that is not found naturally in the environment and which today has no medical use. It blisters the skin and may lead to blindness, adverse effects to the respiratory and digestive tracts and bone marrow abnormalities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No antidotes currently exist for mustard gas exposure.

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And where did ISIS get that mustard gas? They probably obtained it from Syria, Wall Street Journal reporter Adam Entous said he was told by U.S. officials.

CBS is reporting that a senior Department of Defense official said the mustard gas was either “leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles” or “were brought over from Syria.” Of course, it could be the same chemicals from both sources, as Hussein was believed to have whisked stockpiles of chemical weapons from Iraq and hid them in Syria.

In 2013, Syria’s Bashar Assad’s government admitted having caches of mustard gas as well as other chemical warfare agents.

At that time, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin removed Syria’s chemical weapons, but U.S. intelligence now admits Syria was able to hide some chemical weapons reserves from international inspectors.

Saddam Hussein also used mustard gas against the Kurds in 1988.

The Kurds claim that ISIS used chlorine gas, another chemical weapon, against them in a Jan. 23 suicide truck bomb attack in northern Iraq.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. First, if Saddam Hussein dhad hidden supplies of mustard gas then Bush was quite justified in his attack on Iraq. His forces were incompetent in being able to find them. Second, if any country is supplying poison gas to ISIS in order to kill Kurds, it is Turkey, an ally of ISIS and an enemy of the Kurds. The US will never admit that Turkish "ally" is supplying ISIS even though it is obvious to anyone looking at a map.

  2. I was under the impression that President Obama and Kerry assured us that Syria got rid of all chemical weapons, because of the “pink line” that the President threatened Syria with. Well, promises, promises. Will be the same bull with Iran if he obtains the majority of his cronies or Vetos the deal. No backbone with our leader.

  3. ummm…. check the ny times in 2014…there is a story about 5000 or so mustard gas filled artillary shells found. thankfully for the anti bush crowd the ny times writes [and most commenters] thought these had nothing to do with us claims of wmd stockpiles in iraq–never moind that the 12 unsc resolutions [esp unsc 687] dealing w iraqi wmds were part of the cease-fire to the gulf war in 1991. so logically, theese ARE the wmds the congress' jr was concerned with [since the jr specifically referenced 687]. but please dont tell ANYONE!! they will only start stuttering and spittling [?]!!

    SEC. 3. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.

    (a) AUTHORIZATION- The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in order to–

    (1) defend the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq; and

    (2) enforce all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.
    http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/middle_east-july-dec02-resolution_10-11/

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