While this should not come as a big surprise to anyone, it is nevertheless highly disquieting to learn that the Islamic State (ISIS) has been using chemical weapons in the Middle East. A representative with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that laboratory tests have revealed that, in at least one case, ISIS deployed mustard gas against three dozen or so Kurdish troops in Iraq last summer.
As concerning as the simple fact that ISIS is using such weapons…is the matter of how the group has come to possess them in the first place. There are two theories in circulation on that point: one is that ISIS may have been able to successfully raid the stockpile of chemical weapons long maintained by Syria, but which Syria declared would be liquidated by 2014; the Islamic State is a major player in Syria’s ongoing civil war, presently.
Another thought is that ISIS may have been able to successfully manufacture the weapons on its own. The group has had a firm grasp on many of the resources necessary to create such weapons, and has also made a distinct effort to recruit skilled, technical professionals into the fold.
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By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large