On Thursday the corporate media went into overdrive reporting a sensationalistic story on the unconfirmed use of a mustard agent by ISIS in Iraq.
The US claimed it had “credible” evidence the Islamic State used a chemical weapon against Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in Iraq, but on Friday the Pentagon dialed back the accusation.
Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder, a U.S. Central Command spokesman, told reporters said he did not have conclusive or even circumstantial evidence an attack actually took place.
“But in terms of the current status of that capability, I don’t have anything further to provide from here,” he said. “We are looking in to these reports, but beyond that I don’t have anything further.”
ISIS Chemical Weapons Courtesy of the United States
In October a report issued by the Middle East Review of International Affairs stated ISIS had used a mustard agent taken from a Saddam Hussein-era chemical weapons facility near the city of Samarra, located 45 miles northwest of Baghdad, and had transferred the munitions to Syria.
The New York Times reported the chemical weapons taken from the Muthanna complex that fell into the hands of ISIS had been “designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.”
Saddam Hussein’s Chemical Weapons
That the United States facilitated Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons program is not new or especially surprising news. In 2002 prior to the second invasion I wrote about US complicity in the Iraqi chemical weapons program.
Chemical and biological weapons sold to the Hussein regime by corporations were used in the Iran-Iraq War.
“Corporations that have sold dual-use chemicals and biological samples to Iraq for its weapons program include: Phillips Petroleum, Unilever, Alcolac, Allied Signal, the American Type Culture Collection, and Teledyne,” I wrote.
Declassified CIA documents reveal the United States knew the Iraqis planned to use chemical weapons against Iran beginning in 1983.
Donald Rumsfeld meets with Saddam Hussein in 1983.
“In contrast to today’s wrenching debate over whether the United States should intervene to stop alleged chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian government, the United States applied a cold calculus three decades ago to Hussein’s widespread use of chemical weapons against his enemies and his own people. The Reagan administration decided that it was better to let the attacks continue if they might turn the tide of the war. And even if they were discovered, the CIA wagered that international outrage and condemnation would be muted,” Shane Harris and Matthew M. Aid wrote in August, 2013 after the US mulled attacking Syria after it allegedly used chemical weapons.
It was subsequently reported the attack was the work of the Salafist terror group al-Nusra, now a component of ISIS.
“Let’s be adults here and recognize that every single thing we have been told about Syria has been a lie,” writes Michael Krieger following the Ghouta attack in 2013. “Let’s also admit that the ‘rebels’ that we are allies with have al-Qaeda elements to them, and that Saddam Hussein was a close ally in the 1980’s before we decided he was the most evil dictator on the planet 20 years later for engaging in chemical attacks we were actually a party to.”
The Pentagon has little evidence ISIS used chemical weapons against the Kurds, although this did not stop the corporate propaganda media from declaring the group responsible.
The fact remains that if ISIS indeed has chemical weapons the United States is directly responsible as a result of its stockpiling the late Saddam Hussein’s arsenal with chemical and biological weapons, including anthrax. The United Nations is also responsible for declaring its mission was to remove chemical and biological weapons from Iraq and then failing to do so.
A CIA report posted in 2007 states that a United Nations inspection team discovered chemical weapons present at the “al-Muthanna mega-facility” and the “most dangerous ones have been declared to the UN and are sealed in bunkers. Although declared, the bunkers contents have yet to be confirmed. These areas of the compound pose a hazard to civilians and potential blackmarketers.”
It was not “blackmarketers” who gained possession of these deadly weapons, but the Islamic state, a terror army and quasi-government trained by the United States and supported by the Gulf Emirates.
“The US played down the threat from the takeover, saying there were no intact chemical weapons and it would be very difficult to use the material for military purposes,” the Associated Press reported on July 9, 2014.
Iraq’s UN ambassador, Mohamed Ali Alhakim, told the news agency Iraq would be unable to fulfil its obligations to destroy chemical weapons due to the deteriorating security situation.