I have received numerous emails about the discovery of Sarin gas in Fallujah, yet I have see nothing in the press. Most of the emails link to this Flash presentation in USA Today. Load the presentation and look at picture #2.
However, pretty much nothing shows up in Google News. Some audio links from NPR from an embed with the Marines that supposedly found the suspect vials, a brief mention from General Richard Meyers, and a dismissal from the odious hacks at AntiWar.Com.
Anyone have anything else? And why in the hell does google news count the AntiWar.Com weblog as a ‘news’ source?
NPR–which first issued the report–later confirmed that they were just test kits, and not actually sarin.
LGF had extensive commentary and concluded they were test kits.
Dan Spencer, California Yankee
The Christian Science Monitor and NPR reported on the Sarin Vials Last Friday. The CSM reported that “further analysis determined that the find was probably part of a Soviet test kit with samples.” I posted about it on Friday and again on Wednesday when Power Line put up the USA Today photo.
There is a series of 14 pictures at Getty Images showing Marines from the 1st U.S Marines Expeditionary Force, Nuclear, biological and Chemical Incident Response Force conducting tests on the vials. I linked to the site at California Yankee.
There was the roadside IED done earlier this year with what was confirmed to be a Soviet binary-type nerve gas shell.
For the 99 percent of you who have no idea what one of those is:
You put the two halves of the chemical weapon mix in two seperate compartments in the shell, then fire it. They mix on impact. Much safer for the people who have to handle and store it prior to firing it. Iraq and Iran fired tons of these things at each other 80-88, and not inconceivable they still had a few laying around.
The standard TTP (technique, tactic, procedure) for an Iraqi insurgent IED is to take an old arty shell, wire it with time fuze or a command detonator jammed down the old screw-in fuze well at the nose of the shell, and then blow it. In Mosul, where I was, it was mostly 60mm and 82mm mortar shells as they were easier to carry. A 152mm arty shell weighs over a hundred pounds, y’know.
Probably Haji didn’t even know what he had at the time, as a lot of who we’re fighting over there are not really professional types. Just saying there are a lot of unexplored holes out there in the desert….
Trolls and spam….
Just like Hawaii?
Why is AntiWar on Google News?
If Kos is considered “news” by Google, I guess antiwar.com is to be expected.
Hey, they include Fox News; Google don’t make no judgements.