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Another chemical weapon has been discovered in Iraq – a 122-mm Borak rocket warhead containing sarin traces, according to an exclusive report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin, the premium, online intelligence newsletter published by WorldNetDaily.com.
The warhead was found earlier this month, and U.S. military commanders believe there are more to be found.
In fact, according to G2B’s military sources, chemical attacks are expected in Baghdad.
In May, at least two other projectiles were found with traces of chemical weapons – mustard gas and sarin.
On May 2, the U.S. Explosive Ordnance Disposal team found an improvised explosive device in the Baghdad area. It was later found to be a 155-mm round with a cracked nose in the fuze-well area. The technical escort unit performed testing using a mass spectrometer and found traces of sulfur mustard.
The Army concluded the projectile was most likely an old Iraqi round from the Iran-Iraq war era and not one improvised by anti-U.S. terrorists.
In addition, in a totally separate incident on May 15, the same disposal team found another 155-mm projectile in the Baghdad area that tested positive for the nerve agent sarin. In this case, the round was set up as an IED, but it is not clear the terrorists were aware of the nerve agent inside the projectile.
Again the origin of the round is unknown, but it, too, is believed to be from the Iran-Iraq war era.
In addition, military sources say there has been an increase in the use of coordinated and sophisticated conventional attacks in and around the capital.
These are not “your normal Allah Akbar, spray-n-pray firing” style of attacks, said one source. They sometimes involved improvised explosive devices – or IEDs – that are evolving into deadlier ordnance.
The terrorists are learning that simply burying dozens of antitank mines in the same spot isn’t terribly effective on U.S.-led forces.
“Now, there’s a shift toward large improvised claymores – which are highly effective,” said the source. “They still plan to influence our election by ramping up the violence.”
The kill zone on a bomb has less to do with the shrapnel, according to military sources, and everything to do with overpressure. Apparently the shockwave generated by the blasts is the deadlier component.
“People die mostly of blunt trauma as opposed to actual cutting wounds,” said a source familiar with the ordnance.
Al-Qaida’s military commander in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is attempting, U.S. forces believe, to make it untenable for the coalition inside the Green Zone.
“They’ve brought in professional kidnap teams now,” said one source. “Also, they are importing skilled bomb makers and apparently got somebody who knows how to fire a mortar.”
There were more IED attacks in September than any other month of the campaign. Country-wide, approximately 60 percent were suicide bombings. In Baghdad, all of them were. The latest technique is for the driver of the car or truck to position himself between vehicles in a convoy then set off the explosive charge.
Military sources say radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr had planned to lay low after the his latest battles with U.S. forces, but Iran, his sponsor, has ordered him to resume the attacks. Al-Sadr approved an assassination attempt on Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s leading Shiite cleric, who has urged cooperation with the coalition forces.
Al-Sadr is now widely perceived to be an Iranian puppet and part of an overall scheme to annex southern Iraq for Tehran.
Zarqawi, meanwhile, is expected to announce publicly that he is formally merging with al-Qaida.
In addition, sources say, Iran has provided between 300 and 1,000 U.S.-style military uniforms to terrorist forces for future operations.