The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, better known as ISIS, has seized a chemical weapons depot near Baghdad, and now may have access to deadly sarin and mustard gas rockets.
UN weapons inspectors reported in 2004 that Bunker 13 housed 2,500 sarin-filled chemical rockets and about 180 tons of sodium cyanide, “a very toxic chemical and precursor for the warfare agent tabun.”
ISIS captured the facility in Muthanna on June 11, according to a letter made public Tuesday at the United Nations.
The site, about 35 miles southwest of Baghdad, was once operated by Saddam’s army.
U.S. officials have downplayed risk posed by the rockets saying the materials are too old to be useful.
“Whatever material was kept there is pretty old and not likely to be able to be accessed or used against anyone right now,” U.S. Defense Department spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
A State Department spokesperson said Tuesday that the government was investigating claims that ISIS had used chemical weapons.
The center’s analysis suggested that ISIS had used the weapons on Kurdish soldiers in the embattled Syrian region of Kobani over the summer, after capturing the massive former chemical weapons facility of Muthanna in Iraq in June.
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