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President Bush did not lie about intelligence reports of weapons of mass destruction, according to a June 29, 2006 release by the Department of Defense that said "The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center's commander said here today." The director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Michael D. Maples, said that munitions discovered in Iraq contained sarin and mustard gases. Sarin is a potentially lethal gas that attacks the neurological system and and mustard gas "is a blister agent (that) actually produces burning of any area (where) an individual may come in contact with the agent." Maples said. "It also is potentially fatal if it gets into a person's lungs."
According to an October 14, 2014 article by the New York Times, between 2004 and 2011, "American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Husseinís rule." Documentation of the discovery of the 5000 chemical warheads were kept a secret but recently obtained by New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act.
The NY Times reported that word of
the discoveries were also withheld from troops sent into harmís way as well as
military doctors. "The governmentís secrecy, victims and participants said,
prevented troops in some of the warís most dangerous jobs from receiving proper
medical care and official recognition of their wounds. The DOD withheld the
complete report from Congress, and commanded troops and officers "to be
silent or give deceptive accounts of what they had found."
Former U.S. Army Sergeant Jarrod L. Taylor was present at the destruction of mustard shells. They had gone of and burned two soldiers in company. Taylor joked with reporters saying, ď'wounds that never happened' from 'that stuff that didnít exist.'Ē Taylor said that the public was misled for a decade into believing that there were no chemical weapons in Iraq.
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