The “Islamic State” has reportedly used chlorine gas against Kurdish militia in
and in Iraq,
against Iraqi troops and Kurdish militia.
The United States
is sending chemical weapons detection equipment and protection gear to the
Iraqi and Kurdish governments, as well as to a Sunni tribe. The U.S. is reportedly concerned not only
about the Islamist terrorists’ use of chlorine, but its capture of the former
Baathist regime of Saddam Hussein’s main known stockpile of chemical weapons of
mass destruction (WMDs) that it failed to destroy, in violation of both its
1991 cease-fire and United Nations resolutions, which the Americans fear the “Islamic
State” could use.
The American concern further validates the belief that the weapons are not too “degraded” to pose a threat. However, as I have posted, as recently as earlier this month, the Iraqi WMDs continued to wound both American and Iraqi soldiers for many years after the Liberation of Iraq in 2003.