Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site - WAOW - Newsline 9, Wausau News, Weather, Sports

Iraq says 'terrorists' seize chemical weapons site

Posted:

 Iraq has informed the United Nations that the Islamic State extremist group has taken control of a vast former chemical weapons facility northwest of Baghdad where 2,500 chemical rockets filled with the deadly nerve agent sarin or their remnants were stored along with other chemical warfare agents.

   Iraq's U.N. Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon circulated Tuesday that "terrorist" groups entered the Muthanna site June 11 and seized weapons and equipment from the protection force guarding the facility.

   He singled out the capture of bunkers 13 and 41 in the sprawling complex, which according to a 2004 U.N. report also contained the toxic agent sodium cyanide, which is a precursor for the chemical warfare agent tabun, and artillery shells contaminated with mustard gas.



  • InternationalMore>>

  • Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO's surgery

    Fiat Chrysler board meets in light of CEO's surgery

    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:16 AM EDT2018-07-21 12:16:05 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:56 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:56:10 GMT
    The boards of Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari and CNH Industrial meet after CEO Sergio Marchionne's surgery.More >>
    The boards of Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari and CNH Industrial meet after CEO Sergio Marchionne's surgery.More >>
  • Japan's Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

    Japan's Abe: US auto tariffs will cost US jobs, harm economy

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:16 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:16:34 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:06:10 GMT
    (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, July 20, 2018.(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko). Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a speech during a press conference at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo Friday, July 20, 2018.
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the U.S that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America's jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy.More >>
    Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned the U.S that higher tariff on auto imports would backfire and harm not only America's jobs and economy but also devastate the global economy.More >>
  • New evacuations in southwest Syria as offensive continues

    New evacuations in southwest Syria as offensive continues

    Saturday, July 21 2018 8:36 AM EDT2018-07-21 12:36:06 GMT
    Saturday, July 21 2018 9:51 AM EDT2018-07-21 13:51:10 GMT
    Activists and Syrian media says a new group of rebels and their families are evacuated from the country's southwest where the government has gained new ground in its ongoing offensive.More >>
    Activists and Syrian media says a new group of rebels and their families are evacuated from the country's southwest where the government has gained new ground in its ongoing offensive.More >>
Powered by Frankly