05-17-2004, 12:41 PM #1
Sarin Nerve Agent Bomb Explodes in Iraq
Well, it was only a matter of time before this happened....
BAGHDAD, Iraq May 17, 2004 — A roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent exploded near a U.S. military convoy, the U.S. military said Monday. Two people were treated for "minor exposure," but no serious injuries were reported.
"The Iraqi Survey Group confirmed today that a 155-millimeter artillery round containing sarin nerve agent had been found," said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the chief military spokesman in Iraq. "The round had been rigged as an IED (improvised explosive device) which was discovered by a U.S. force convoy.
"A detonation occurred before the IED could be rendered inoperable. This produced a very small dispersal of agent," he said.
The incident occurred "a couple of days ago," he said.
The Iraqi Survey Group is a U.S. organization whose task was to search for weapons of mass destruction after the ouster of Saddam Hussein in last year's invasion.
The round was an old `binary-type' shell in which two chemicals held in separate sections are mixed after firing to produce sarin, Kimmitt said.
He said he believed that insurgents who rigged the artillery shell as a bomb didn't know it contained the nerve agent, and that the dispersal of the nerve agent from such a rigged device was very limited.
"The former regime had declared all such rounds destroyed before the 1991 Gulf War," Kimmitt said. "Two explosive ordinance team members were treated for minor exposure to nerve agent as a result of the partial detonation of the round."
In 1995, Japan's Aum Shinrikyo cult unleashed sarin gas in Tokyo's subways, killing 12 people and sickening thousands. In February of this year, Japanese courts convicted the cult's former leader, Shoko Asahara, and sentence him to be executed.
Developed in the mid-1930s by Nazi scientists, a single drop of sarin can cause quick, agonizing choking death. There are no known instances of the Nazis actually using the gas.
Nerve gases work by inhibiting key enzymes in the nervous system, blocking their transmission. Small exposures can be treated with antidotes, if administered quickly.
Antidotes to nerve gases similar to sarin are so effective that top poison gas researchers predict they eventually will cease to be a war threat.
05-17-2004, 01:33 PM #2
See. Thats why we went to IRAQ. Cause of WMD. Now the world is safe knowing that that nerve gas shell has detonated. We can go home now....
05-17-2004, 02:23 PM #3
lol. yeah man. one sarin artillery shell. that's definitely a wmd.
05-17-2004, 02:38 PM #4
wow thats a big WMD it can destroy all the middleast and it is a threat on usa civilians
05-17-2004, 02:57 PM #5
Wmd Wmd Wmd Wmd Wmd WmdOriginally Posted by chrisAdams
Thats enough....FINALLY they found WMD.
Those **** frenchmen are in for it now.
SEE SEE SEE SEE SEE SEE SEE SEE SEE
told ya told ya told ya
05-17-2004, 03:38 PM #6Originally Posted by chrisAdams
05-17-2004, 07:35 PM #7Originally Posted by GymDog
true indeed. more will likely surface in the future, and the american troops are going to be in the receiving end!
05-17-2004, 08:40 PM #8
I would say one of two things.
It was sent over from syria or some place or
Since Saddam is locked up, people are doing whatever it takes to get rid of the US military. Im sure Saddam was smart enough not to use them in risk of possible WMD being found.
ORRRR. IT was a conspiracy. The BUSH administration shipped over its own sarin nerve gas to make it LOOK like Iraq had WMD. That Bush administration sure does know how to pull one over on the world. Next thing you know, they will be killing innocent people and video taping it in order to distract the general public. Very clever Mr Bush, but we are onto you.......
05-17-2004, 11:36 PM #9Originally Posted by bermich
If you were President Bush and wanted to plant WMD in Iraq, wouldn't you plant a lot more than just one shell?
05-17-2004, 11:53 PM #10Retired Vet
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Lier, lier pants on fire .
At this stage I don't there's many who believes a word coming out of the American administration.
05-18-2004, 06:05 PM #11Originally Posted by BOUNCER
Ahhhh. American love. It radiates off you like light from the sun.
I am honestly surprised the bush admin' didnt put WMDs in IRAQ. If I was Bush, I would have sent over a plane load of chemical shlt, burried it in Saddams backyard, and then dug it back up wtih a news crew to video tape it.
That would be the smart thing to do. Or atleast what I would have done.
Then, I would have told all the soldiers to take pictures of the iraqi prisioners "NAKED" just the way TT princess likes them.
05-19-2004, 02:06 AM #12
the chemical shell used against us troops is an old 1982 shell left in the desert since the iraq-iran war ,IMO the resistance guys didnt know it was a chemical shell if the know they wouldnt carry it and launsh it.
05-19-2004, 09:10 AM #13
Alot of this shiit was shipped out to Syria.
05-19-2004, 01:47 PM #14
well it seems like gorilla is the only one who thinks its a wmd. here gorilla i'll quote a few senteces from the artical you must have skimmed...
"He said he believed that insurgents who rigged the artillery shell as a bomb didn't know it contained the nerve agent, and that the dispersal of the nerve agent from such a rigged device was very limited."
"Antidotes to nerve gases similar to sarin are so effective that top poison gas researchers predict they eventually will cease to be a war threat"
"This produced a very small dispersal of agent"
I agree with Bermich, I too am surprised the Bush Admin didnt plant any wmd. It would have been prudent for him to do so....hmmm perhaps thats why he didn't do it.
Do soldiers carry antidotes for chemical gases as part of their standard equipment?
05-19-2004, 01:58 PM #15Retired Vet
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