Iraqi authorities, reportedly acting upon information received from foreign intelligence services, have seized a facility where Sarin and mustard gas were being manufactured, by Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Members of a five-man cell have been arrested, and equipment confiscated. Remote-control toy aircraft were also found at the site, and were intended to serve as delivery agents for the poison gas being manufactured.
|Detainees from the arrest.|
The most disturbing aspect of the case was information that the proposed targets were located in Europe and North America, with the gas to be smuggled out of the Middle East, to the intended destinations. The manufacturing process was reportedly being carried out with technical assistance from another Al-Qaeda affiliate, but its identify was not publicly released.
|Some of the equipment seized.|