Iraq captures suspected Al Qaeda cell that planned to make chemical weapons

Iraq has captured a suspected Al Qaeda cell that planned to produce chemical poisons such as mustard gas to attack Iraqi forces and to ship overseas for attacks on Europe and the United States, the Iraqi government said.

Five men were caught before they could manufacture any gas or chemical weapons in makeshift factories in Baghdad and another province, Mohammed Al-Askari, a defence ministry spokesman told reporters.

“They got some programs from Al Qaeda outside Iraq. They were working … to produce mustard gas … and other gas,” he said.

“There are some confessions about organised cells to smuggle them outside Iraq through a neighbouring country in order to target Europe, America and different capitals.”

Officials showed reporters three suspects dressed in yellow jumpsuits with their heads covered by masks.

They also displayed bottles of chemicals and other lab equipment as well as remote-controlled toy helicopters authorities said the men planned to use to disperse the gas.

Full article: Iraq captures suspected Al Qaeda cell that planned to make chemical weapons (ABC News Australia)

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