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    Default The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

    From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earlier.

    It was August 2008 near Taji, Iraq. They had just exploded a stack of old Iraqi artillery shells buried beside a murky lake. The blast, part of an effort to destroy munitions that could be used in makeshift bombs, uncovered more shells.

    Two technicians assigned to dispose of munitions stepped into the hole. Lake water seeped in. One of them, Specialist Andrew T. Goldman, noticed a pungent odor, something, he said, he had never smelled before.

    He lifted a shell. Oily paste oozed from a crack. “That doesn’t look like pond water,” said his team leader, Staff Sgt. Eric J. Duling.

    The specialist swabbed the shell with chemical detection paper. It turned red — indicating sulfur mustard, the chemical warfare agent designed to burn a victim’s airway, skin and eyes.

    All three men recall an awkward pause. Then Sergeant Duling gave an order: “Get the hell out.”

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    It's an interesting article, but the Times points out that the reason we didn't advertise this is that all the weapons were from before 1991, and five of the six that injured troops were designed by the US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemachine97(Version 2) View Post
    It's an interesting article, but the Times points out that the reason we didn't advertise this is that all the weapons were from before 1991, and five of the six that injured troops were designed by the US.
    From my Facebook today:

    In other non-Ebola news, the US military invaded Iraq in 2003 looking for WMD, touched off a decade-long civil war, sacrificed unimaginable treasure and lots of life, created a political and social vacuum into which ISIS emerged, all only to find the WMD it gladly sold to Saddam when he was at war with Iran. We have found the enemy, and he was us.

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