For annen dag på rad har opprørerne i Irak sprengt bomber hvor det også detonerte flasker med klorin. Kjemiske angrep er noe nytt. Det skaper panikk og forårsaker enda flere drepte sivile.
The gas cloud in Baghdad, meanwhile, suggests possible new and coordinated strategies by bombers trying to unleash toxic — and potentially deadly — materials. «Terrorists are using dirty means,» said Brig. Gen. Qassim Moussawi, an Iraqi military spokesman.
In Baghdad, a pickup truck carrying chlorine gas cylinders was blown apart, killing at least five people and sending more than 55 to hospitals gasping for breath and rubbing stinging eyes, police said.
On Tuesday, a bomb planted on a chlorine tanker left more than 150 villagers stricken north of the capital. More than 60 were still under medical care on Wednesday. Chlorine causes respiratory trouble and skin irritation in low levels and possible death with heavy exposure.
In Washington, two Pentagon officials said the tactic has been used at least three times since Jan. 28, when a truck carrying explosives and a chlorine tank blew up in Anbar province. More than a dozen people were reported killed.
A third Pentagon official said the United States has been concerned about Iraqi militants’ ability to get weapons like chlorine bombs and use them effectively. But the official cautioned that chlorine bombs are just one threat on a long list of possible attacks that Iraqi fighters may try to carry out.
Et Black Hawk-helikopter ble tvunget til å lande på grunn av skyting. Det er det åttende helikopteret som har måttet nødlande eller blitt ødelagt på like mange uker. Militære lurer på om opprørerne har fått nye våpen.