NBC Weapons: Roadside Chemical Weapons




October 31, 2006: Recently, an IED (roadside bomb) was encountered near Ramadi, Iraq, that was attached to a chlorine canister, apparently in the hope that security forces would incur gas casualties. Chlorine is an industrial chemical, not difficult to obtain, and toxic if inhaled. This is not the first time Iraqi terrorists have tried to use chemical weapons. In the past, some old, Saddam era, chemical weapons were found built into roadside bombs. Most roadside bombs are discovered, inspected, and destroyed, so there has yet to be a successful "chemical attack.". Since the Iraqi terrorists are largely composed of people who once worked for Saddam's security forces, there are quite a few of them possessing experience with chemical weapons. But incorporating chemical weapons into bombs has not been a priority for the terrorists. Probably because most of the bomb casualties have been civilians. So if one of these chemically enhanced bombs did go off, there would likely be civilian victims, including children. The terrorists have come to realize that this sort of thing produces the kind of publicity they do not want.


Article Archive

NBC Weapons: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close