May 29, 2016: ISIS uses chlorine gas in terrorist attack

On May 29, 2016 35 civilians were wounded in an ISIS attack using rockets containing chlorine gas in Iraq’s Nineveh Province.

NINEVEH PROVINCE, IRAQ – There is a reason why the international community has banned certain weapons: alas, jihadis don’t give a rat’s ass about the international community.

There sure are a lot of ways to kill a lot of people at once, aren’t there? I mean, just think about it. A few hundred years ago the best we could do was to kill one person at a time with a sword or a knife – or later a primitive gun. Then the ‘maxim gun‘ was invented and – woohoo! – we could kill lots more in shorter time.

Fast forward to the 20th century, starting in WWI, and we decided that deploying poisonous gas (like chlorine) was a good idea. Then we developed nuclear weapons and Hiroshima/Nagasaki demonstrated that if we really wanted to we could annihilate hundreds of thousands in one strike.

Subsequently we came up with protocols to ban the use of some of these (confer the Chemical Weapons Convention) as immoral. And that was a good move.

Except that terrorists don’t think so.

On this day in 2016

35 civilians were wounded by an attack launched by Islamic State (ISIS) using rockets containing chlorine gas in southern Nineveh Province, Iraq. This was not the only time the terrorist group elected to resort to these weapons.

The wounded were transferred to nearby hospitals to receive treatment.

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You see, terrorists don’t abide by conventions or common sense rules. And they never will.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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