Isis storms Saddam-era chemical weapons complex in Iraq
Facility containing disused stores of sarin and mustard gas overrun by jihadist group
By Damien McElroy
7:58PM BST 19 Jun 2014
The jihadist group bringing terror to Iraq overran a Saddam Hussein chemical weapons complex on Thursday, gaining access to disused stores of hundreds of tonnes of potentially deadly poisons including mustard gas and sarin.
Isis invaded the al-Muthanna mega-facility 60 miles north of Baghdad in a rapid takeover that the US government said was a matter of concern.
The facility was notorious in the 1980s and 1990s as the locus of Saddam’s industrial scale efforts to develop a chemical weapons development programme.
Isis has shown ambitions to seize and use chemical weapons in Syria leading experts to warn last night that the group could turn to improvised weapons to carry out a deadly attack in Iraq.
Hamish de Bretton-Gordon, a former commander of Britain’s chemical weapons regiment, said that al-Muthanna has large stores of weaponized and bulk mustard gas and sarin, most of which has been put beyond ready use in concrete stores.
To my Liberal NPR friends..... All during the 2012 Presidential election you guys preached and reminded me at every opportunity that Romney was part of the evil 1%er's and that there was NO WAY he could understand or represent me as President... But yet now I see you have no comment on or even mention that Senator Mark Warner (Dem) of Virginia has a average net worth of over $257,000,000, or $257 million, or quarter of $1 Billion, or how he could represent me?.......
Several observations from this weekend’s Labor Day Parade
down in Buena Vista, Virginia..
It’s nice to be able to show up at a decent time
just before the parade starts as compared to getting there hour and half
earlier and trying to coordinate volunteers, committees, officials, etc.
2.Ridding “Shotgun” in the float pulling truck is
much easier on the paws. Easier to observe the crowds and point out interesting
factoids instead of later “Did you see that?”…..
3.As I watched Democrat Senator Mark Warner (D)
crisscross the street many times trying to shake as many hands and possible
(with dependent local media in tow) it was obvious and easy to note how many
empty business storefronts he walked past. Something that he stressed in his
speech after the parade was jobs and helping business growth. But yet the local
media failed to ask the Senator of five years how this happened during his
watch and what did he do about it…
4.Sit back and watch the mass of Democrat (paid)
college kids all dressed in campaign shirts wandering aimlessly with the
candidate down streets they had never seen before. Obvious for none of these
hirelings associated with or even talked with or walk with the Rockbridge
Democrat float that was just ahead of the blue-mass…
5.Note the numerous Republican yard signs that the
Dem-muchkins blocked by putting the Democrat Warner yard sign directly in front
of them. This is not new and many people see this tactic and comment it over
the years. “Think you might win a person’s vote by doing this?”
6.Observe the usual hundreds of Democrat Warner
signs on the hill near the Maury River just before the pavilion. Again, obviously
none of the “Paid” volunteers walking with the Senator are from this area or
part of the local Democratic committee….
7.Senator Warner is known for his legendary perspiration
during parades and once again no change. Only hope he sweats that much on
election night. No worries, if in fact he becomes “unemployed” after election
night he still has an average net worth of over $257 MILLION so he will
survive. Sure, he understands what you guys are going through in Buena Vista…..
8.After watching Warner’s speech I could only
notice how he did not mention President Obama once during his speech. And
Warner is a guy they tell me voted with Obama 97% of the time during his five
years in the Senate…
9.Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte and
Delegate Ben Cline took the time during their speeches to point out the
failures of the Obama administration and the support Obama got from Warner. The
“Boys were off the Leash”….
10.3rd Party Libertarian candidate
Sarvis got to talk last and immediately picked fights with the audience from
the “Left & the Right” at which time the Republican crowd left the Pavilion.
Common knowledge is that “Libertarian” candidates tend to take votes away from
the Republican candidate as compared to the Democrat guy. Needless to say it
was fun to watch the hired Demo-college kids sitting there with blank stares
wondering if they should still applaud the Libertarian guy who just got
trashing their democrat candidate as well…..The “After Party”…..