We once thought Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, but admittedly they might’ve been better in his hands than a death cult like ISIS — if we had to choose between the two. With Hussein long gone, and American troops pulled from Iraq, the terror group has made significant territorial gains in Iraq and other areas of the Middle East.
These days, what a world with WMDs in the hands of ISIS would look like is no longer only the subject of speculation.
ISIS suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent at air base used by US and Iraqi troops, US officials say. https://t.co/L6jGZbWnRg
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) September 21, 2016
As CNN just reported: ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayarrah air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.
The shell was categorized by officials as either a rocket or artillery shell. After it landed on the base, just south of Mosul, US troops tested it and received an initial reading for a chemical agent they believe is mustard.
No US troops were hurt or have displayed symptoms of exposure to mustard agent.
According to Fox News’ Weapons of Mass Destruction Handbook, mustard gas is a form of WMD in the category of “chemical warfare.” Luckily, thus far, ISIS is as bad at assembling weapons of mass destruction as Ahmad Khan Rahami, the man accused of planting bombs across New York and New Jersey over the weekend, is at making bombs.
One official said the agent had “low purity” and was “poorly weaponized.” A second official called it “ineffective.”
A US defense official said troops had gone out to look at the ordnance after it landed. Based on seeing what they thought was a suspect substance, two field tests were conducted.
The first test was positive and the second was negative, the official said. The substance is now being sent to a lab for further examination.
US troops involved in the incident went through decontamination showers as a precaution. No troops have shown any symptoms of exposure, such as skin blistering. CNN has reported on previous instances where ISIS has fired rounds with mustard agents in Iraq and Syria.
The officials said they “had expected” that ISIS might try to use chemical weapons as US and Iraqi forces push towards Mosul in an effort to take the city back from ISIS. Several hundred US troops are using the base as a staging area for supporting Iraqi forces.
All of this has led the Pentagon to assess on a preliminary basis that it was ISIS that fired at the base, since the terror group has been making mustard agent for some time.
In the course of its air campaign against ISIS, US airstrikes have hit several locations the US believes are production sites for mustard agent.
So much for ISIS being nothing more than Al-Qaeda’s “JV team.”
How far they’ve come under two terms of Barack Obama. Just imagine what they could do under a Hillary Clinton presidency.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]