Iraqi military intelligence personnel arrested an Al-Qaeda cell specialising in the manufacturing of chemical compounds that produce sarin, mustard and nerve gases that they intended to use inside Iraq and in neighboring countries.
The Iraqi defence ministry said that the five-member terrorist cell has been under surveillance for three months and had apparently received instructions from another Al-Qaeda offshoot.
Increasing operations by the Iraqi security forces have resulted in the arresting of dozens from the organisation, Al-Qaeda in Iraq.
Two days ago, Syria Report revealed a story from Turkish newspapers detailing the arrest of a Jabhat al-Nusra group in Adana, Turkey. Anti-terrorist police seized among other items, 2 kilograms of the sarin nerve agent.
On May 3, Syria Report published an extensive report on Al-Qaeda and it’s history of chemical weapons use, including the deployment of sarin.
Sarin, or GB, is a colourless, odorless substance which is extremely difficult to detect. It is used as a chemical weapon owing to its extreme potency as a nerve agent. It has been classified as a weapon of mass destruction in UN Resolution 687. Production and stockpiling of sarin was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993 where it is classified as a Schedule 1 substance. Sarin gas is not particularly difficult to manufacture.
This is the third major official confirmation of the use and possession of chemical weapons by Al-Qaeda surrogates in and around Syria after UN inspector Carla Del Ponte’s recent statement confirming the use of chemical weapons by the militants in Khan al-Asal, Aleppo. The Turkish anti-terrorist police are currently conducting further investigations into the operations of Al-Qaeda linked groups in Turkey.