And why hasn't it been picked up by the mainstream media, since it was published in European presses on the 17th of May?
Sarin: 1st WMD found in Iraq
17/05/2004 17:48 - (SA)
Baghdad, Iraq - A roadside bomb containing sarin nerve agent exploded near a US military convoy in Baghdad, the US military said on Monday. It was the first confirmed finding of any of the banned weapons upon which the United States based its case for the Iraq war.
"The Iraqi Survey Group confirmed today that a 155mm artillery round containing sarin nerve agent had been found," said Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the chief military spokesperson in Iraq. "The round had been rigged as an IED (improvised explosive device) which was discovered by a US 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. Two US soldiers were treated for minor injuries, Kimmitt added.
Sarin, developed in the 1930s, is the the deadly nerve agent that killed 12 people and injured 5 000 others in a Tokyo subway in March 1995. It is 500 times more powerful than cyanide, and was used to kill millions in the gas chambers of Nazi death camps in the closing stages of World War 2.
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said the 155mm round had been rigged as a roadside bomb and was discovered by a passing US convoy.
"Two explosive ordnance team members were treated for minor exposure to nerve agent as a result of the partial detonation of the round," Kimmitt told a press conference in Baghdad.
He said that the deadly agent was produced after two chemicals in separate sections of the shell mixed after it was fired.
"Mixing and dispersal of the agent from such a projectile as an IED (improvised explosive device) is very limited," he said. "The cell is designed to work after being fired from an artillery piece."
"The former regime had declared all such rounds destroyed before the 1991 Gulf war."
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. Many of the materials used for roadside bombs are believed to have been looted from arsenals after the collapse of the regime in April 2003.
What are the Dems going to do when these weapons begin to show up, apologize to the President for calling him a liar? There's not a man or woman big enough to do that in the whole party. It's going to be interesting to see how they dance around this one.