Weapons inspector fears ISIS could gain control of WMDs

by Susan Crabtree  |  published on October 29, 2014

America’s top weapons hunter in Iraq after the 2003 invasion fears that Islamic State terrorists could get hold of thousands of chemical warheads and shells and use them against Iraqi soldiers and citizens.

David Kay, the lead weapons inspector in the months after U.S. forces invaded and toppled Saddam Hussein, told the Washington Examiner the country is likely still littered with chemical weapons dating from the 1980s Iran-Iraq War.

In an interview, Kay also said neither President Bush nor President Obama made it a priority to locate and destroy the weapons of mass destruction, leaving them open to use by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

“ISIS has proven, as has [Syrian President Bashar] Assad, they will use anything that is available, and they have no compulsion about using chemical agents,” Kay said, noting that the terrorist group benefits from “having a group of volunteers who will blow themselves up.”

Kay, who was also the United Nations chief weapons inspector from 1991 to 1992 and is now a senior fellow at the Potomac Institute, says the chemical munitions are so old and degraded that they probably pose the most danger to anyone who tries to move them.

“They would use these if they could find them. I have no doubt that they would, but it would probably be more harmful to the terrorists that anyone else around,” he added.

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