"We have no Weapons of Mass Destruction"

  1. Nerve agents detected in Iraq
    Compound evacuated; troops show symptoms
    Knight Ridder News Service
    Last Updated: April 6, 2003

    Albu Muhawish, Iraq - U.S. soldiers evacuated an Iraqi military compound on Sunday after tests by a mobile laboratory confirmed evidence of sarin nerve gas. More than a dozen soldiers of the Army's 101st Airborne Division had been sent earlier for chemical weapon decontamination after they exhibited symptoms of exposure to nerve agents.

    The evacuation of dozens of soldiers Sunday night followed a day of tests for the nerve agent that came back positive, then negative. Additional tests Sunday night by an Army Fox mobile nuclear, biological and chemical detection laboratory confirmed the existence of sarin.

    Sgt. Todd Ruggles, a biochemical expert attached to the 2nd Brigade of the 101st Airborne said, "I was right" that chemical agents Iraq has denied having were present.

    In addition to the soldiers sent for decontamination, a Knight Ridder reporter, a CNN cameraman and two Iraqi prisoners of war also were hosed down with water and bleach.

    U.S. soldiers found the suspect chemicals at two sites: an agricultural warehouse containing 55-gallon chemical drums and a military compound, which soldiers had begun searching Saturday. The soldiers also found hundreds of gas masks and chemical suits at the military complex, along with large numbers of mortar and artillery rounds.

    Chemical tests for nerve agents in the warehouse came back positive for so-called G-Series nerve agents, which include sarin and Tabun, both of which Iraq has been known to possess. More than a dozen infantry soldiers who guarded the military compound Saturday night came down with symptoms consistent with exposure to very low levels of nerve agent, including vomiting, dizziness and skin blotches.

    A hand-held scanning device also indicated that the soldiers had been exposed to a nerve agent. Two tests were negative, but further testing indicated sarin was present.

    Sarin can be inhaled or absorbed through the skin and is considered one of the most feared but also the most volatile of the nerve agents. A cloud of sarin can dissipate after several minutes or hours depending on wind and temperature.

    The soldiers, journalists and prisoners of war who tested positive were isolated as everyone else evacuated the area. After about 45 minutes, the group was walked, single-file, down a road for about a city block to where two water trucks awaited them. The men stepped between the two trucks and were hosed down as they lathered themselves with a detergent containing bleach.

    1st Lt. Elena Aravjo of the 63rd Chemical Company said she thought there might well be chemical weapons at the site. "We do think there's stuff in this compound and the other (agricultural warehouse) compound, but we think it's buried," she said. "I'm really suspicious of both of those compounds."

    The suspicions were widespread. The 2nd Brigade's commander, Col. Joseph Anderson, toured the site on Sunday, as did Brig. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley, assistant commander of the 101st Airborne for operations. A short time later, the division commander, Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus, also visited the site. They made no official comment about suspected nerve agents.

    Troops not wearing chemical protection suits later reoccupied the military complex, while sections of the agricultural warehouse remained taped off.

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    or this one:

    Report: U.S. Finds Missiles with Chemical Weapons


    Reuters
    Monday, April 7, 2003; 10:25 AM


    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces near Baghdad found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range missiles equipped with potent chemical weapons, the U.S. news station National Public Radio reported on Monday.

    NPR, which attributed the report to a top official with the 1st Marine Division, said the rockets, BM-21 missiles, were equipped with sarin and mustard gas and were "ready to fire." It quoted the source as saying new U.S. intelligence data showed the chemicals were "not just trace elements."

    It said the cache was discovered by Marines with the 101st Airborne Division, which was following up behind the Army after it seized Baghdad's international airport.

    U.S. Central Command headquarters in Qatar had no immediate comment.

    The United States and Britain launched the war against Iraq to rid the country of weapons of mass destruction. Iraq denies having such weapons.


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    nope no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq........

    Dave
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  2. 85 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    You mean SH would lie?
  4. by   Heather333
    I'm really shocked. NOT!
  5. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Surely we are testing the air in the palaces ect. we are taking over. It appears we are taking these areas over without a strong force of resistance. It would be very much like SH to leave us a gift, in these places. Mustard gas is heavier than air, and can stick to things for a longer period of time, you have 2 min. to wash it off with bleach once skin contact has occured. They can mix mustard gas with other agents. Praying for our troops and their safty, as we inhabit SHs' spaces.
  6. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Thought I had better clarify some of the above info I gave on mustard gas. It is very dangerous if it is inhaled. It causes edema thoughout the airway and can induce death much more rapidly. The problem with skin contact and having only two min. to wash it off is, it leads to various forms of cancer, in the long run. Just want our armed forces safe.
  7. by   Furball
    We ALL know the Americans PLANTED the stuff....right????

    I just hope everyone escapes without permanant damage...
  8. by   Q.
    Amazing...we found in roughly 14 days what Hans Blix et al couldn't find in 6 months.
  9. by   wv_nurse 2003
    IMHO--no matter what we find, no matter how much, it will never be the "smoking gun"--I don't think if we found a missle loaded with a chemical agent loaded and aimed at another country with a timer set--it would be enough "proof."

    Like cwazycwissyRN I am concerned about the relative "ease" with which we could walk into these palaces, etc. It would be very terrorist-like to "booby-trap", etc just to inflict mass-casualties.

    I pray for our troops, please bring them home safely.
  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    I do NOT believe our Marines planted anything.
    If found by the CIA??? Debatable.

    The main concern is to make sure our troops and any civilians are protected. We don't need another 'syndrome' causing illness and death.

    Oh, the story way first reported by the"liberal" NPR.

    I know it is hypocritical but I am saddened and fearful for Americans there than other innocent people.
    My brain tells me they are all children of God, but my heart hurts more when our young soldiers suffer or die.
    Last edit by pickledpepperRN on Apr 7, '03
  11. by   jnette
    According to current reports, the unit commander says the soldiers who were feeling ill were experiencing heat exhaustion and dehydration, showing these symptoms. No pinpoint pupils, which he states are always a sure sign of chem. exposure. The rash he now says is nothing more than prickly rash and all soldiers no longer have it. Accoording to him, this looks more like an agricultural site with barrels of pesticides which were placed underground to avoid exposure to sun and heat. Also stated that the townspeople would surely have had some s/s of chem. exposure if it were any kind of serin or tabun.

    The reporters there were really trying to hype it, and the commander made a strong point of correcting them, saying htat at this point there is NO evidence of it being anything more sinister... but that samples are being sent for further evaluation.

    At this point, the military does not believe it is any kind of weapon ready chem. agent. We'll have to wait until further testing to know for sure.
  12. by   Q.
    What reports are you reading jnette? Do you have a link?
    I've looked through all the newssites, and I don't see anything that say there is NO evidence - in fact, I'm reading the exact opposite...

    From Fox:
    A Knight Ridder News Service journalist traveling with the 101st said initial tests of samples from the facility were inconsistent. Some tests did not indicate chemical weapons, while others indicated the presence of G-class nerve agents -- which include sarin and tabun -- and mustard agent, a blistering chemical first used in World War I.
    From CNN:
    Material found in Hindiyah, Iraq, tests positive for chemical-warfare agents in preliminary testing, Pentagon sources tell CNN. More tests being conducted. Details soon.
    NPR was the first to report.

    Has there been an update?
  13. by   cwazycwissyRN
    Which site? They have uncovered more than one in the last few days. Looks like we will be able to find, what ever we want to hear, again. HChemical weapons found: report
    April 08, 2003

    US forces near Baghdad have found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range missiles equipped with potent chemical weapons.

    The US news station National Public Radio said the rockets, BM-21 missiles, are equipped with sarin and mustard gas and ready to fire.

    It quoted a military source as saying new US intelligence data shows the chemicals are not just trace elements.

    It said the cache was discovered by Marines with the 101st Airborne Division, which was following up behind the Army after it seized Baghdad's international airport.

    ere is another one
  14. by   Q.
    Latest news from Reuters:

    Report: U.S. Finds Missiles with Chemical Weapons
    Mon April 7, 2003 10:25 AM ET
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. forces near Baghdad found a weapons cache of around 20 medium-range missiles equipped with potent chemical weapons, the U.S. news station National Public Radio reported on Monday.
    NPR, which attributed the report to a top official with the 1st Marine Division, said the rockets, BM-21 missiles, were equipped with sarin and mustard gas and were "ready to fire." It quoted the source as saying new U.S. intelligence data showed the chemicals were "not just trace elements."

    It said the cache was discovered by Marines with the 101st Airborne Division, which was following up behind the Army after it seized Baghdad's international airport.

    U.S. Central Command headquarters in Qatar had no immediate comment.

    The United States and Britain launched the war against Iraq to rid the country of weapons of mass destruction. Iraq denies having such weapons.

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