WMDs FOUND IN IRAQ – 500 Munitions w/Sarin Nerve Gas
Posted by Admin on June 21, 2006
LAST UPDATED: 9:00 pm 6/21/06 – Added Another Article Link
Senator Rick Santorum has hit the media circuit today, bringing with him a document showing that the U.S. has found over 500 munitions in Iraq since 2003 that contain Sarin & Mustard Nerve Gas. The document he is referring to was unclassified, but apparently it is the tip of the iceberg as the rest of the information is still classified at this point.
REPORT: HUNDREDS OF WMDs FOUND IN IRAQ – FOX News – US – June 21, 2006
WASHINGTON — The United States has found 500 chemical weapons in Iraq since 2003, and more weapons of mass destruction are likely to be uncovered, two Republican lawmakers said Wednesday.
"We have found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, chemical weapons," Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., said in a quickly called press conference late Wednesday afternoon.
"This says weapons have been discovered, more weapons exist and they state that Iraq was not a WMD-free zone, that there are continuing threats from the materials that are or may still be in Iraq," said Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.
DOCUMENT DETAILS WMD RECOVERED IN IRAQ, SANTORUM SAYS – Cybercast News Service – June 21, 2006
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.) announced Wednesday the finding of over 500 munitions or weapons of mass destruction, specifically "sarin- and mustard-filled projectiles," in Iraq.
Reading from unclassified portions of a document developed by the U.S. intelligence community, Santorum said, "Since 2003, coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent. Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."
– CNS News Service – June 21, 2006
The National Review Online has listed the bullet points of the unclassified document received via Senator Santorum's office;
The bullet points from today's declassification, via RJS's office:
- Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
- Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq’s pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist.
- Pre-Gulf War Iraqi chemical weapons could be sold on the black market. Use of these weapons by terrorists or insurgent groups would have implications for Coalition forces in Iraq. The possibility of use outside Iraq cannot be ruled out.
- The most likely munitions remaining are sarin and mustard-filled projectiles.
- The purity of the agent inside the munitions depends on many factors, including the manufacturing process, potential additives, and environmental storage conditions. While agents degrade over time, chemical warfare agents remain hazardous and potentially lethal.
It has been reported in open press that insurgents and Iraqi groups desire to acquire and use chemical weapons.
Santorum is scheduled to be on Hannity & Colmes later this evening.