A report from Baghdad is saying:
“BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) — Deadly and debilitating chlorine gas has been added to the arsenal of weapons fueling the explosive insurgency in Iraq with chemical attacks leaving at least 12 dead and more than 200 hospitalized in the past week. An Interior Ministry official told CNN Thursday that the toxic yellow-green gas was a main component in Wednesday’s bomb attack near a hospital in southwestern Baghdad’s Bayaa neighborhood.
Six people were killed and more than 70 were hospitalized with respiratory problems caused by the noxious gas. On Tuesday a bomb hidden on board a tanker carrying chlorine gas exploded outside a restaurant in Taji, north of Baghdad, killing six people. At least 140 people were either injured by the blast or sickened by the fumes.
A third chlorine bomb attack occurred in late January. According to the U.S. military, a suicide bomber drove a dump truck loaded with a chlorine tank and explosives into an emergency response unit compound in Ramadi. No one appeared to be hurt from the chlorine gas, military said, but 16 people were killed in the blast.”
This is, indeed, a disturbing trend. I wonder if the parts of the populace that condones and shields the insurgency will turn against them now that the use of chemical weapons is becoming a trend.